Crucial round of Naga talks soon

A crucial round of talks between NSCN-IM and Centre`s interlocutor R S Pandey will be held soon to carry forward the Naga peace process.

New Delhi: A crucial round of talks
between NSCN-IM and Centre`s interlocutor R S Pandey will be
held soon to carry forward the Naga peace process.

"We have held a few rounds of informal talks with the
NSCN-IM leadership. Formal talks will begin in the next few
days," Pandey said.

However, no date has been fixed for the proposed
dialogue.

Top leaders of the rebel group, including general
secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, are currently in the capital to
participate in the meeting.

Muivah has come here after wrapping up his nearly one-
and-a-half-month-long peace mission across Nagaland.

Undertaking the peace mission that began in first week
of June, the Naga leader visited all the districts of Nagaland
except Mon and called for re-conciliation and understanding
among the Nagas basing on the principle of "forget and
forgive" to have a unified voice to be presented before the
Government of India.

So far over 60 rounds of peace talks were held between
the two sides during the course of 13-year-long peace process
initiated in August 1997.

Initially, Muivah embarked on a journey to his native
village in Manipur`s Ukhrul district on May 5, but deferred
his plan following stiff opposition from the Ibobi Singh
government which saw his visit as a "threat to communal
harmony" in the state.

PTI

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