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Nepal rebels returning seized property

Written by: Staff

Kathmandu, May 10 : Nepal's Maoists are handing back land and houses seized during the decade-old revolt, a rebel spokesman said, as part of a deal with the main political parties who took power last month after weeks of anti-king protests.

The properties were seized by the rebels in a bid to equally distribute assets among the people. However, they were rarely used though the owners were forced to flee the villages.

''The process of returning the homes and properties unjustifiably captured has already started,'' rebel spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara said in a statement late yesterday.

Mahara also urged the new multi-party cabinet, formed after King Gyanendra gave in to the street protests and restored parliament, to free Maoist leaders and activists held in jails in Nepal and neighbouring India.

He said this would help create an atmosphere for peace talks with the new government. Both sides have committed themselves to the talks but no date has been fixed. The government, however, has matched a ceasefire by the Maoists.

The two sides are preparing for elections to an assembly that would write a new constitution and decide the fate of the monarchy in the Himalayan kingdom.

Maoist rebels have been fighting for one-party communist rule in the land-locked country since 1996. More than 13,000 people have been killed in the revolt.


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