Press Statement
Robert O. Blake, Jr.
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Washington, DC
May 6, 2010

The Maoist-imposed strike in Nepal is creating serious hardships for the people of Nepal and the risk of dangerous confrontation is growing. We call on the Maoists to end or suspend their strike and ease these hardships. We urge both the Maoists and the government to exercise restraint and good judgment to prevent the outbreak of violence. We continue to believe that the only sustainable answer lies in the ongoing political dialogue.

We call on all of Nepal’s political leaders to reach agreement on the issues that have impeded the completion of Nepal’s new constitution and the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. As the May 28 deadline for the completion of the constitution nears, we hope to see Nepal’s political parties act with dispatch and maximum flexibility to resolve their remaining differences.

The United States and others in the international community stand ready to assist in any way we can.