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Signing of Nepal peace pact put off

The pact between the Govt and Maoists have been postponed due to 'lack of homework'.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 19:46 IST

The signing of the historic peace accord between the Nepal Government and the Maoist rebels to end the decade-old insurgency was put off on Thursday as the two sides were still engaged in sorting out differences on some issues.

The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord between the seven-party alliance government and the Maoists has been postponed for another three-four days due to "lack of homework," Nepali Congress General Secretary Ramchandra Poudyal, who is the also the convener of the committee to draft the accord, said.

There are still certain differences between the government and the Maoists on certain issues, he said.

Prime Minister GP Koirala and Maoist chief Pracahanda was slated to sign the accord on Thursday.

The signing of the peace accord as per the November 8 agreement has been postponed as it was felt that more time was needed for doing further homework, Poudyal said.

The deal would put a stop to Maoists' acts of extortion, intimidation, recruiting new soldiers, issuing threats and formally put an end to the 10-year-long insurgency.

The peace accord also has provisions for punishments if any one breaches it.