Memorandum on Paras's visit to Austria
March 19 2006
By email from Austria
Dr. Heinz Fischer
Federal President of Austria
Hofburg, Leopoldinischer Trakt
Memorandum on visit of the Nepalese prince to Austria
We Nepalese residents in Austria united under the Forum for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights extend our highest regards to the Office of your Excellency and request the kind attention to this memorandum in recognition of Austria’s strong commitment to peace, democracy and human rights as well as traditional friendly relations between Nepal and Austria.
We have learned that the Crown Prince of Nepal Mr. Paras Shah will be visiting Vienna soon. Probably not many Austrians know much about Paras. Gyanendra Shah was ascended to throne after the killing of all members of the Royal family but his own on 1 June 2001. It also made his son Paras the Crown Prince. The fact that Paras was the only member of the Royal family present to survive the massacre unscathed has generated strong believes among ordinary Nepalese that he was the true perpetrator of the crime (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paras_of_Nepal)! This belief has been even stronger in recent years as the political turmoil orchestrated by Gyanendra and Paras is being unfolded.
Since that tragic massacre in the Royal palace, everything went wrong in this Himalayan Kingdom. Just after a year, in October 2003, Gyanendra consolidated the grip in military and political power. First he dissolved the parliament and sacked democratically elected government. Then he hand-picked government for two more years, but on 1 Feb 2005, King Gyanendra plotted a coup détat, sacked the government and took direct control, declared himself as a chairman of the council of ministers, a position that does not exist in the Constitution of Nepal, imposed state of emergency, imprisoned thousands of political leaders and activists, suppressed civil liberties guaranteed by the constitution, cut the telephone line, Internet and started an autocratic rule. International community including UN, EU, US, India condemned this move and never recognized the royal regime. The country already devastated by Maoist insurgency suffered further setback to its democratic system.
Recently, on first anniversary of this move when political parties were planning a mass protest, the King declared a daylong curfew and again arrested thousands of political activists, many of them are still under house arrest or in jail. As many donors stopped their assistance to Nepal after royal coup, the royal regime is desperate to get international recognition. It is using any chance for its propaganda to show that it has gained some international recognition. However, the King Gyanendra was barred to attend UN general assembly after a strong protest inside and outside Nepal.
Recently, Gyanendra also plotted a drama of local elections, a move described by international community as a “hollow exercise”. The elections boycotted by all major political parties could not attract even 20% of voters according to the official counts. As the King continues to defy domestic political agitation and international pressure, the republic of Ireland has proposed European parliament to impose a smart sanction against the Royal regime of Nepal that would mean to forbid the members of the Royal family of Nepal from visiting Europe.
As the regime of the King Gyanendra is facing unprecedented international isolation, its any member is desperate to visit foreign land under any pretext. In a very surprising development, your government has invited Paras, the most notorious member of the royal family of Nepal, to visit Austria and the reason given for this is to handover a pair of rhinos of Nepalese wildlife park to Viennese zoo. The event should have no political significance however has been interpreted by the members of Royal regime in Nepal as a positive gesture of Austria as well as the European Union under the Presidency of Your Excellency towards its autocratic rules. The planned meeting of the Nepalese foreign minister accompanying Paras with the Austrian government representatives would help Gyanendra legitimize his extra-constitutional coup and the regime placed as its result.
We believe that the visit of Paras to Austria, while it is assuming the role of Presidency of the European Union, goes to direct contravention to the ideal of democracy, human rights and the rule of law that you are committed to and the solidarity of the European Union that has been traditionally extended to democratic struggles of Nepalese people.
We kindly request Your Excellency to use the high regard of Austrian people vested upon you and intervene for cancellation of the invitation of Austrian government to Paras in confirmation of the solidarity of Austrian people to struggle of friendly people of Nepal for peace and democracy.
(Forum for Democracy, Peace and Human Rights
Due to security reason the members’ names are not disclosed
(The members can be contacted under firstname.lastname@example.org or
15 March 2006
1. Dr. Ursula Plassnik, Foreign Minister, Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs
2. Dr. iur. Nikolaus SCHERK, head of department -II.10 Asia, FMFA, Austria
3. Mag. Phil. Peter Storer, Department II.10.b for south and south-east Asia,
4 Dr. Pilz Peter Pilz, MP, Austria.
5. Dr. Michael Haeupl, Mayor of Vienna city council.
6. Dr. Helmut Pechlaner, Director of Viennese zoo
Lo aspettavano in Austria.
Their Royal Highnesses leave for Austria
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Paras and Crown Princess Himani left for Vienna, capital of the Republic of Austria today.
Their Royal Highnesses are visiting at the invitation of Wolfgang Schusel, Federal Chancellor of the Republic of Austria.
Crown Prince is scheduled to address a programme to be organised at Zoo Schonbrunn on March 22, according to state run news agency Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS).
The Royal couple are scheduled to grace the launching of King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation (KMTNC) Austria Chapter on March 22.
The Crown Prince and the Crown Princess will also grace the presentation by the Institute of Applied Science Analysis on March 24.
On March 27, Crown Prince is scheduled to chair the meeting of the French Chapter of KMTNC, the RSS adds.
En route home, the Royal couple will visit the Republic of France and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates.
Their Royal Highnesses are scheduled to return home on 3rd April, 2006.
According to reports, Crown Prince Paras will gift a pair of rhinos to Austria, during the visit.
However, the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) on Saturday expressed concern over gifting of the rhinos to Austria, saying the gesture is not justifiable.
”Nepal ratified the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) in 1975. The convention prohibits any country from exporting and importing any rare species except for scientific experiments,” the NEFEJ added. nepalnews.com pb Mar 19 06
Ieri ha parlato allo Zoo:
Efforts on to find peaceful solution to crisis:
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paras has said that efforts towards finding a peaceful solution to the current crisis facing the country through dialogue are afoot.
In his address at the rhino presentation ceremony in Vienna, Austria, the Crown Prince on Wednesday said too many of our people live in poverty; far too many suffer from inadequate health care, education opportunities and access to basic public services. This has had adverse socio-economic ramifications.
“Sadly, this sorry state has resulted in Nepal being plagued by insurgency, over the past few years, resulting in the loss of thousands of precious human lives and the destruction of infrastructure erected with huge investments. As a result, our development efforts in all spheres, including conservation, have been badly disrupted. Efforts towards finding a peaceful solution through dialogue are afoot,” crown Prince added.
Crown Prince Paras also conveyed the greetings and good wishes of King Gyanendra to Austrian President Heinz Fischer, as well as to the government and people of Austria.
“The people of the Kingdom of Nepal harbour a deep sense of amity and friendship towards Austria and her people and we are appreciative of the cooperation we have received from Austria over the years,” the crown prince said. “With Austria hosting the Presidency of the European Union, we are confident that it will further deepen cooperation and understanding between the European Union and Nepal.”
Crown Prince Paras, who chairs the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation (KMTNC), said, “The Crown Princess and I feel honoured to have the opportunity to participate in this hand over ceremony of a pair of rhinoceros from Nepal to the Vienna Zoo as a token of friendship from our Sovereign His Majesty King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev on behalf of the people of Nepal to the people of Austria. This ceremony also symbolises the warm friendship and goodwill that exists between our two peoples.”
“We have no doubt that these two beautiful rhinos have found a comfortable, safe and friendly home away from home here in Vienna, thanks to the sincere support and tireless efforts of friends of Nepal in Austria,” the Crown Prince added.
nepalnews.com pb Mar 23 06
Nel frattempo, sempre ieri ma qui, l'ex primo Ministro Kumar Nepal del Partito Comunista e` stato promosso dai domiciliari alla galera.
Qualcuno qui comincia a proporre al parito comunista di cambiare nome (sono socialdemocratici si` e no) per essere considerati dai media d'occidente.
Ohi, questo e` in galera cosi`...tanto per gradiRE.