Ecuadorian indigenous leaders agree to dialogue with government

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QUITO, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (Conaie) said Saturday that it will take part in the "direct dialogue" advocated by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno after ten days of anti-government protests.

"After a consultation process with the communities, peoples, nationalities and social organizations, we have decided to participate in the direct dialogue" with Moreno, Conaie said in a statement.

Moreno appealed to indigenous leaders in a televised address on Friday night to negotiate directly with him as violent protests rocked the country's capital.

"Let us sit down and talk about Decree 883, let us talk about where those resources are going to be allocated and let us make sure that those most in need receive them," said Moreno, adding that dialogue is the only way to resolve conflicts.

The protests led by Conaie demanded the repeal of the Decree 883 which ended four-decade-old fuel subsidies, raising the prices of gasoline and diesel.

Conaie at first declined Moreno's invitation, but later changed its mind.

"We insist on the need for a direct and public dialogue on Decree 883 for its repeal or revision," Conaie said in a statement.

Conaie said it would not discuss any kind of compensation for the austerity measures imposed by the government. Enditem

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