Satisfied with peace talks with PM: NSCN-IM chief

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 21:37

Kohima: NSCN-IM chairman Issac Chishi Swu
Tuesday termed his discussions with Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh last month as "fruitful" and said the next round of
talks was likely to be held after two weeks.

On his arrival at Dimapur airport, Swu told reporters
that Singh had shown "seriousness and sincerity in finding a
peaceful negotiated settlement of the Naga problem at the

Swu, who was received by senior NSCN-IM functionaries
and leaders of Naga civil society organisations, said the next
round of talks was likely to be held after two weeks.

On the ongoing Naga reconciliation initiative, he said
all should work for reconciliation and he was always open for
that, but it was up to other groups how they respond to the

Two groups of NSCN and NNC/FGN had signed the
"Covenant of Naga Reconciliation" in Thailand in June 2009 at
the initiative of Forum for Naga Reconciliation to bring to an
end to factional killings among them.

However, of late, war of words blaming each other
continued unabated in local media and reported tension in
eastern Nagaland involving two groups of NSCN have made the
hard-earned peace and reconciliation process fragile.

As tension mounted in eastern Nagaland following
reported clashes between NSCN factions, various Naga civil
society organisations have called upon the underground groups
to stop media war against each other and honour the Covenant
of Reconciliation signed by them.

Expressing serious concern over the latest development
which has "threatened the hard-earned but fragile
reconciliation process", the Forum for Naga Reconciliation
(FNR) said the groups would be held responsible and
accountable to the Naga people for any untoward eventuality.

The Senior Citizens Forum, Mokokchung also called upon
the underground groups to adhere to their commitment on peace
and reconciliation and stop all activities detrimental to

Naga Hoho and Naga Students` Federation (NSF) also
called upon all the groups to make conciliatory gestures so
that the highest level meeting of their leaders can take place

In a statement, the Hoho said the apex Naga council
was alarmed and worried that obstacles were being engineered
between erstwhile conflicting groups which are currently
pursuing a reconciliatory course.

It appealed for utmost restraint on the part of all
Naga political groups so that the highest level meeting can
materialise under FNR`s initiative.

The NSF said all Naga groups should honour and respect
their commitment given to the Naga people. The students` body
appealed to all the groups to restrain themselves from
creating further divisions among themselves but come together
for the just cause of the Naga people.


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First Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 21:37

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