Shillong/Imphal: Voicing satisfaction
over the progress of peace talks with insurgent groups in
North-East, Union Home Minster P Chidambaram today said a
settlement is "within reach" but a "little more give and take"
"I am happy to report that almost all the militant
groups are in talks with government interlocutors and
settlement is within reach. A little more effort, a little
more give and take and understanding will lead to a final
settlement of the issues," Chidambaram said in Shillong.
"We have made extraordinary efforts to hold out a
hand of friendship to any person or organisation who comes
forward to discuss their problems. Violence has no place in a
democracy or republic.
"A modern society can be based on pluralism and
diversity. One should respect the other`s identity and
heritage. We must learn to live, work, build and prosper
together," he said in Meghalaya capital.
In Imphal, he appealed to militant outfits to come
forward for dialogue so that their problems can be resolved.
"Militant outfits should come to us to talk about
their problems which could be solved through dialogue and
discussion," the minister said.
Addressing students in Manipur capital, the Minister
said there were one crore people belonging to different tribes
in Tamil Nadu, his native state.
"Whether they are Meiteis, Tangkhuls or Kukis, people
must know how to live together and build the state for their
"Manipur is a land of beauty and a haven of peace. I
know there are so many linguistic minorities in the state. We
have to look at the problems of the minorities and address
them," he said.
Earlier, Chidambaram said that North-East, which has a
rich social and cultural heritage, has a special place in the
country and the region was poised to be a haven of peace and
"The region can be turned into a haven of peace and
harmony ? a virtual paradise. A glorious future awaits
the North-East," the Minister said.