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UN Envoy Urges Immediate End to Nepal's Internal Strife

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A top UN official is urging an immediate end to Nepal's internal strife, saying the United Nations will help if needed. Special UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says any delay will make it difficult to resolve the crisis. Mr. Brahimi said a solution rests on "a return to constitutional order and multiparty democracy; an end to hostilities; and inclusive national dialogue toward a negotiated solution to the underlying causes of conflict." He made the remarks at the end of his five-day Nepal visit, during which he met with top leaders, including King Gyanendra. Six months ago, the king dismissed the government and assumed absolute power. The king said the step was necessary because the previous government had failed to resolve an escalating insurgency by communist rebels who want to eliminate Nepal's monarchy.
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