Satisfied with peace talks with PM: NSCN-IM chief
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 01, 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 earliest".

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 move.

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 peace.

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 soon.

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.


First Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 21:37

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