Details of Naga talks can`t be disclosed: Centre
Government today refused to divulge details of the peace process it had initiated with militant group NSCN-IM to find a solution to the vexed Naga homeland issue.
New Delhi: Government today refused to
divulge details of the peace process it had initiated with
militant group NSCN-IM to find a solution to the vexed Naga
"Dialogue with NSCN-IM is continuing. The details in
this regard cannot be disclosed as negotiations are underway,"
Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran told Lok
Sabha, replying to a question.
Integration of of all Naga-inhabited areas in the
northeast has been a key demanded of NSCN-IM.
The Centre has been holding peace talks with NSCN-IM
since August 1997. So far over 60 rounds of parley were held
between the two sides.
Last week, NSCN-IM `general secretary` Thuingaleng
Muivah met Home Minister P Chidambaram and discussed with him
issues related to the Naga peace process.
Muivah has come here after wrapping up his nearly one-
and-a-half-month-long peace mission across Nagaland.
The NSCN-IM wants formation of a `greater Nagaland`
carved out of Naga-dominated areas in Nagaland, as well as
Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
The demand to integrate Naga-dominated areas has been
rejected by the three neighbouring states.
Earlier this month, another round of peace talks was
held between Centre and the NSCN-IM where the contentious
issue of integration of Naga-inhabited areas had figured.