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New Premier, Rebels Announce Cease-Fire

July 24, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Nepal's new prime minister and Maoist rebels announced a cease-fire and agreed to hold talks to end the five-year insurgency that has left at least 1,600 people dead.

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, who took office Sunday, declared a unilateral cease-fire and called on rebels to talk peace. Deuba's call came amid a rebel offensive that was in part responsible for his predecessor's resignation.

Shortly after Deuba's appeal, rebel leader Prachanda, which in Nepali means "Fierce," agreed to suspend all offensives against the government.

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