New Delhi: Brightening the prospects of
an early peace deal on the Naga issue, the government and the
NSCN-IM on Monday announced that they have "narrowed" down
differences and are working out a settlement in the "shortest
In a joint statement, Centre`s interlocutor R S Pandey
and NSCN`s `general secretary` Thuingaleng Muivah said while
the differences between the two parties have narrowed, some of
the proposals would require further negotiations to reach a
mutually acceptable solution.
"By appreciating and respecting each other`s position
and difficulties, both the parties are confident of working
out a settlement in the shortest possible time," the statement
Muivah said sustained negotiations over the past few
months have led to a set of proposals for an "honourable
political settlement based on the uniqueness of Naga history
and situation which was recognised by the government of India
in 2002 as well as the contemporary realities and a future
vision consistent with the imperatives of the 21st century.
Sources said the proposed peace deal ruled out the
NSCN`s demand for unification of Naga inhabited areas and
would give territorial guarantee of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh
However, they said the government would provide
maximum autonomy to Nagaland under various provisions of the
The Naga group has been holding parleys with Pandey to
iron out differences on several vexed issues.
The NSCN-IM has proposed a federal relationship with
the Centre with additional financial and legislative powers
while the government offered financial package for socio-
cultural development of Naga people.