The main group protesting against a new constitution in Nepal has agreed to sit down for talks with the government in the first step toward easing the lingering crisis in the Himalayan nation.

United Democratic Madhesi Front said in a statement Monday that they had selected a four-member team to hold talks with the government.

The front is the main group leading the protests in southern Nepal that have left more than 45 people dead and have stopped the flow of fuel and supplies to the country's north, including the capital.

But they say they will continue their protests, including blocking highways and border points with India.

The ethnic group from southern Nepal is demanding a bigger area in the proposed state and more autonomy over local matters.