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Maoists complain to PM over delays in peace process

Maoist rebel leader Prachanda and his deputy, Baburam Bhattarai, asked Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to speed up the process.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 14:58 IST

Nepal's communist rebel leaders met the prime minister on Wednesday to complain about a string of delays in implementing a groundbreaking peace agreement, officials said.

Rebel leader Prachanda and his deputy, Baburam Bhattarai, asked Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to speed up the process, which aims to end a decade of fighting that has taken 13,000 lives, according to a member of the rebel peace talks team, Dina Nath Sharma.

Sharma said the prime minister offered his assurances that an interim constitution would be ready this week, followed by formation of an interim parliament and interim government that would include the rebels.

"Our leaders also cautioned the prime minister that there were conspiracies being planned in attempts to disrupt elections planned for next year," Sharma said.

Sharma refused to elaborate on who was planning the conspiracies, but said they were people who did not want to see an alliance between the political parties and the rebels.

The government and rebels have already signed a formal peace accord, as well as an agreement detailing how the rebels will lay down their arms and disband their army.

But the government has not been able to meet deadlines in the agreements to complete an interim Constitution and form an interim parliament.

They have also missed the agreed deadline of December 1 for forming an interim government.

The rebels began fighting in 1996 for a communist state. In April this year, they declared a ceasefire and began peace talks with the government.