Friday, June 16, 2006

Maoist Rebels Agree to Join Nepal's Government

NYTimes

NEW DELHI, June 16 —Maoist rebels agreed to join Nepal's new government this evening, under an accord that obliges both politicians and rebels to give up key pillars of power.

After a daylong meeting between the Maoist leader — nicknamed Prachanda, or the fierce one — and the interim prime minister, Girija Prasad Koirala, a joint statement signed by both men announced that the elected Parliament would be dissolved in exchange for the Maoists dismantling what they called their parallel government in the countryside.
The agreement, announced in the Nepali capital, Katmandu, is a major breakthrough. It signals the first time in a decade — since a bruising insurgency began in the midwestern hills — that the rebels have been convinced to join the state. They have not yet accepted the notion of laying down their arms.

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