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Nepal Peace Talks Conclude

Maoist rebels and government negotiators in Nepal have held a second round of peace talks to try to end seven years of conflict. The war has cost more than 7,000 lives and driven the country’s economy into the doldrums. This round of talks, in the capital Kathmandu, seems to have been largely concerned with procedural matters, and no new date has yet been set for another meeting. There had been suggestions that government negotiators would submit their political agenda to the Maoists at this session of the talks. In the first round of dialogue, just under two weeks ago, the rebels gave the government a long list of demands and said they expected a response. So far, that doesn’t seem to have happened. But the apparent absence of direct debate on core issues like the changing of the constitution and the future of the Nepalese monarchy doesn’t mean that this session was a failure. Full Story

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