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Nepal Government Offers Amnesty to Surrendering Maoist Rebels

Faced with mounting attacks by Maoist rebels, the Nepalese government on Thursday offered amnesty to guerrillas who surrender and renounce violence. Information Minister Kamal Thapa said the government would also guarantee security, arrange rehabilitation and family reunions, and provide cash aid to the surrendering rebels. He added they would be given free education and medical treatment. “A processing center has been established where they can surrender and they will be transferred to a rehabilitation center with full security from the government,” Thapa said. The rebels would also receive money for relinquished guns and ammunition ranging from 200,000 rupees (US$2,700) for automatic rifles to 1,000 rupees (US$13) for muskets, he said. It wasn’t immediately possible to contact the rebels for comment on the government offer. Full Story

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