Nepalese leaders, ethnic protesters resume talks in attempt to end crisis, border blockade

Nepal's top political leaders met with representatives of the Madhesi ethnic group who are protesting against the new constitution to try to end a crisis in the Himalaya nation but no agreement was reached.

The Madhesi have imposed a general strike in much of southern Nepal and blocked a key border point with India, causing a shortage of fuel and other goods in Nepal. They demand a bigger province than granted in the new constitution and greater representation in the government.

Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli and top leaders in the coalition government and the main opposition Nepali Congress party held discussions Monday with Madhesi leaders.

Both sides said there was no agreement reached but pledged to continue with talks to end the months of crisis.