Talks between the government and Maoist rebels have deadlocked over a rebel demand to replace the constitutional monarchy with a socialist government. In response, Maoists refused to cancel a Sept. 21 rally in Kathmandu and the government then banned all large gatherings for a month. Some 15,000 people marched for peace in Kathmandu Sept. 14. The road to a settlement will be rocky, and more unrest is possible.