|Thursday, 8 May 2003|
Second round of Nepal-Maoist peace talks on Friday
KATHMANDU, Wednesday (AFP) A second round of peace talks between the Nepalese government and Maoist rebels will take place Friday, officials said.
"The second round of formal talks between the Maoists and the government will be held on Friday at 11am (0515 GMT)," said government negotiator Narayan Singh Pun. After five hours of talks, both sides said they were "satisfied" with round one of their negotiations but did not set a date for the next round.
During the meeting the Maoists also protested over the alleged government killings of seven Maoist activists, including a woman cadre, by the army since the ceasefire, rebel sources said.
In the meeting, the Maoist negotiators alleged that the army had been violating the Code of Conduct (CoC) signed by both sides by continuing to take action against the rebels in rural areas.
The Maoist leaders also objected to an army programme broadcast on state television and radio on Monday night that said the Maoists would be crushed if they broke off talks and returned to the jungle.
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