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Govt asks Maoist splinter group to join peace process

The government urged the Janatantrik Terai Liberation Front, active in the Terai region, to halt violence and participate in talks.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 17:16 IST

Pledging to hold Constituent Assembly elections, Nepal government on Monday asked a splinter group of the Maoists to shun violence and join the political mainstream.

Home Minister Krishna Sitoula, the government coordinator for peace talks with Maoists, urged the Janatantrik Terai Liberation Front (JTLF), active in the Terai region, to halt violence and participate in talks with the government.

"Restoration of peace and holding election to the Constituent Assembly are the two prime agendas of the government," he said.

"There is no problem that cannot be solved through peaceful means of dialogue, so I call upon the JTLF to present itself positively in the present changed political context," Sitoula said.

The government would solve problems relating to citizenship of all Nepalese, including those belonging to the Terai region, before going to the polls, he said.

"The Seven Party Alliance Government is willing to solve all problems through talks in a peaceful manner," he told reporters in Sunsari in eastern Nepal yesterday.

Ramraja Prasad Singh, a former extremist, also urged the JTLF to abandon the path of violence.

Singh had surrendered recently and launched a party by the name Nava Janavadi Morcha.