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Nepal rejects rebel peace offer

Kathmandu, Sept. 13 (Reuters): Nepal rejected today a new offer from Maoist rebels for peace talks after they killed more than 100 police and soldiers in two raids last weekend.

“We can’t trust them (the rebels),” home (interior) minister Khum Bahadur Khadka said today. The government’s reply came after Maoist leader Prachanda said in a statement the guerrillas were ready for discussions to end the six-year-old uprising in the impoverished Himalayan nation.

“We’re ready for talks and a ceasefire at any time if those in power and position are willing for a positive and peaceful political solution,” Prachanda said.

The rebels are fighting to overthrow the constitutional monarchy and install a communist republic. Nine police officers on patrol duty were killed today when their vehicle ran over a landmine planted by Maoists.

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