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Nepal rebel chief releases roadmap for peace talks

Prachanda's roadmap seeks release of political prisoners, abolition of the country's Constitution, and restructuring of the army.

india Updated: May 13, 2006 12:02 IST

Nepal's communist rebel chief on Saturday released a roadmap for peace that seeks the release of political prisoners, abolition of the country's parliament and constitution, and the restructuring of the army.

In a statement sent to media organisations, rebel chief Prachanda, who goes by a single name, also confirmed his own participation in direct talks with the government.

The roadmap reiterates several points already agreed upon between the Maoist rebels and the seven Nepalese political parties that led a national movement to end King Gyanendra's authoritarian rule last month.

The roadmap statement outlines a 10-point plan, of which some steps -- including a ceasefire and the naming of peace negotiators -- have already been accomplished.

Other elements of the plan include dissolving Parliament and the constitution; writing an interim constitution and creating an interim government; holding constituent assembly elections under reliable international supervision; and "restructuring of the state including (rebels') People Liberation Army and the royal army."

First Published: May 13, 2006 12:02 IST