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Nepal Government, Maoists Resume Peace Talks


Peace talks between Nepal's government and Maoists rebels have ended for the day without agreement but a government official says the two sides will meet again on Tuesday.

These are the first negotiations between the two sides in four months.

Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala hosted Sunday's talks at his residence in the capital, Kathmandu. Leaders of Nepal's ruling seven-party alliance and rebel chief Prachanda were at the meeting.

Nepalese officials say the two sides focused on drafting an interim constitution that would authorize the creation of an interim Cabinet including rebel members.

The government wants the Maoists to surrender their weapons before joining an interim government, a demand the rebels have resisted.

Nepal's government and rebels reached a power-sharing deal in June, but the process broke down as each side accused the other of ceasefire violations.

The Maoists threatened street protests if the peace talks were not restarted soon.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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