Nigerian government says window of negotiation with Boko Haram open

by Reuters
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 16:30 GMT

Nigerians take part in a protest, called by Malaga's Nigerian women Association, for the release of the abducted secondary school girls in the remote village of Chibok in Nigeria, at La Merced square in Malaga, southern Spain May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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ABUJA, May 13 (Reuters) - Nigeria's government said on Tuesday the "window of negotiation" is open with Boko Haram rebels who abducted more than 200 girls a month ago from their school in the northeast of the country.

"The window of negotiation is still open. The government had set up a committee to negotiate with Boko Haram so if they have any negotiation to make it should be channelled through the committee," Minister of Special Duties Tanimu Turaki told Reuters by telephone. Turaki heads up the negotiation committee.

(Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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