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Nepal peace talks stumble

The peace process in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal appeared to be in trouble last night after the country’s Maoist rebels rejected a government proposal to include them in a new administration. The rebels, who declared a ceasefire in January after seven years of fighting, described the government’s offer as “disappointing”. “There is no question of accepting the proposal,” the deputy rebel leader, Baburam Bhattarai, said after meeting officials in Nepalgunj, near the Indian border. “The government response “fails to address many of the issues that concern the people and the nation”, he added. But the Maoists – who control much of rural Nepal, and run their own mini-state in the west of the country – indicated that they would continue the peace process. Full Story

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