Nepal rebels agree to peace talks

BBC News reporting

Maoist rebels in Nepal have welcomed a government ceasefire offer and said they are ready to enter peace talks.

A statement from rebel leader Prachanda called the indefinite truce a “positive step”. The rebels announced their own three-month ceasefire last week.

“We hope that the peace talks will not fail this time,” Prachanda said. Talks broke down in 2001 and 2003.

More than 13,000 people have been killed in Nepal since the rebels began their fight for a republic in 1996.

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