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Nepal Maoists are ‘open to talks’

Maoist rebels in Nepal say they are open to talks with the king following their announcement of a unilateral ceasefire at the weekend. Senior rebel leader Prachanda said a dialogue could take place if the royalist government reciprocated the offer of a truce. But he ruled out the possibility of immediate talks with the government. The government has said it doubts the sincerity of the offer, but opposition parties have welcomed the move. The comments by the rebel leader come less than a week after the rebels ruled out talks with the king and declared a three-month truce, in order to open a dialogue with the main opposition parties which have been protesting against the king. Full Story

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