Nepal’s Maoist rebels said on Wednesday they were ending an eight-month truce and walking out of peace talks after they criticized the government for not giving in to their main demand to frame a new constitution. “Our party wants to make it clear that there is no justification for the cease-fire, the code of conduct and the process of talks for now,” the rebels’ chief, who is known as Prachanda, said in a statement released to media. “The government has ended the possibility of a solution through cease-fire and talks,” he said. But Prachanda said the rebels were still open to dialogue. “We will not close the door for talks from our side and our party urges all forces who are on the side of the people to help create a favorable atmosphere for talks,” Prachanda said. The rebels and the government ended a third round of peace talks without agreement last week after both sides refused to budge over a Maoist demand for the formation of an assembly to prepare a new constitution to define the role of the king. The two sides had agreed to meet again but failed to fix fresh dates at the end of a deadline that passed on Tuesday. Full Story
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