Nepal’s new government has announced an indefinite truce to match a ceasefire declared by Maoist rebels. Senior ministers – sworn in after King Gyanendra bowed to weeks of demonstrations and returned power to political parties – say they will seek the withdrawal of Interpol arrest warrants against rebel leaders.
The new initiatives announced by the cabinet of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala are expected to help bring Maoist insurgents back to the negotiating table. The militants have led a revolt against the country’s monarchy for the past 10 years, aiming to establish a communist republic. Thousands of people have been killed in the conflict.