Press Statement by US Embassy in
Assistant Secretary Blake’s Press Conference
September 11, 2012
I am delighted to be back in
I am very happy that my visit coincided with the arrival of Ambassador Peter Bodde, who is returning to serve in the Embassy in
I have had a busy and productive visit. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with PM Bhattarai, Nepali Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel, CPN-UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal, Maoist Chairman Prachanda, Army Chief Gaurav Rana, business leaders, and members of the Tibetan community as well as civil society.
A key part of concluding a successful peace process will be for all parties to develop transitional justice mechanisms that are independent, credible, and transparent, and that address the concerns of all Nepalis, particularly the victims and their families. It is crucial that any Truth and Reconciliation Commission be credible and aligned with internationally recognized human rights standards. We know most Nepalis agree that more must be done to hold wrongdoers accountable and uphold the rule of law.
On September 6 the Department of State revoked the designation of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) from two designated terrorist lists. This delisting reflects the
While political discussions continue, creating an attractive investment climate is critical for
Last but not least,