Maoists ready for talks with Nepal's new Govt
Maoists in Nepal said they were ready to hold peace talks with the government to end the decade-old insurgency.Updated: May 06, 2006 15:37 IST
Maoists in Nepal on Thursday said they were ready to hold peace talks with the government to end the decade-old insurgency in the Himalayan Kingdom, a day after the GP Koirala administration declared a ceasefire with the rebels and decided to remove the terrorist tag from them.
Welcoming the government's ceasefire announcement, Maoist chief Prachanda agreed to sit for a dialogue with the new interim government.
In a statement, Prachanda said the rebels were ready to hold a dialogue with the Seven-Party Alliance (SPA) government.
"We welcome the offer for talks (by the government) as a positive step towards the people's desire to establish 'loktantra' (democracy), peace and progress," he said.
Earlier in the day, Minister for Housing and Physical Planning Gopalman Shrestha said the government was willing to release Maoist leaders from jail if the rebels agreed to a dialogue. He said that after getting response from the rebels, the next Cabinet meeting would decide about releasing the jailed Maoists.
Prachanda, in his statement, said his party was ready to initiate a fresh dialogue with the government on the basis of the 12-point agreement reached between the Maoists and the SPA.
"Our party expresses commitment to help the nation enter into a republican era through peace process as per the spirit of the 12-point understanding and the historic people's movement," the Maoist leader said.
First Published: May 04, 2006 19:45 IST