Nepal’s political parties need to sink their differences to save a peace process that ended a civil war and brought Maoist rebels into the mainstream, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged on Oct. 24. He said the peace deal, signed last November, was at a crossroads after the former rebels quit the interim government last month following a dispute with their six coalition partners over abolishing the monarchy immediately. Ban said as partners in the process, the seven-party alliance had the “greatest and most direct interest in the success” of that process. (Reuters)

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