Nepal rebels warn of 'conspiracy'
The leader of Maoist rebels in Nepal has warned of a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging fledgling peace efforts after years of civil war. Comrade Prachanda said the rebels were victims of rumours and “false publicity”, which could disrupt planned peace talks. In a statement, he also urged the authorities to stop mobilising the security forces and making what he described as arbitrary arrests. The statement follows scepticism in some quarters about the prospects for peace after a surprise cease-fire announcement by both parties three weeks ago. The rebels named their talks delegation shortly after the truce, but the government has yet to do so. A date and venue for talks have also still to be set. Full Story