Ethnic protesters reject Nepal government proposal to end months of conflict

A group of ethnic protesters has rejected a proposal from Nepal's government to end months of conflict that has resulted in shortages of fuel and other supplies and the deaths of 50 people.

The United Democratic Madhesi Front said in a statement Tuesday that the government proposal to amend the constitution is incomplete and unclear, and they would continue their protest.

The proposal, announced over the weekend and welcomed by neighboring India, was aimed at ending protests by ethnic Madhesis in southern Nepal.

Madhesis say the new constitution unfairly divides the Himalayan country into seven states with borders that cut through their ancestral homeland. They want the states to be larger and to be given more autonomy over local matters.