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U.N. Welcomes Nepal Deal to End Civil War

The United Nations welcomed an agreement between Nepal’s top political parties and its communist rebels to work together to restore democracy and end a civil war that has killed about 12,000 people. Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged King Gyanendra — who seized absolute power in February with the stated aim of quelling the insurgency — to match a unilateral cease-fire that the rebels declared earlier this year. He also strongly encouraged the rebels to extend the cease-fire and to respect human rights, according to a statement issued late Wednesday from the U.N. The rebels have stopped major attacks and held talks with the seven main political parties since announcing the three-month cease-fire in September. But they have continued to skirmish with government troops and kidnap people for indoctrination. The king has refused to negotiate with the rebels until they completely disarm. Full Story

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