Nepalese officials say Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has met with two Maoist rebel leaders in a bid to save the country's stalled peace process.
Mr. Koirala held talks today with rebel leader Prachanda and his deputy, Baburam Bhattarai. No details of the meeting were immediately available.
Bhattarai had warned Monday that peace talks with the government were on the verge of collapse. The two sides disagree about what to do with weapons belonging to both the military and the rebels in the run-up to elections next April.
Nepal's government wants the rebels to surrender their arms to U.N. observers before the polls. The rebels refuse, but have offered to keep their weapons in U.N.-monitored areas if the army does the same.
The elections are to establish a special assembly that will decide the future of Nepal's monarchy.