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Naga peace talks held in Nagaland for first time

The Centre and the NSCN(IM) on Tuesday held peace talks for the first time in Nagaland where the contentious issue of integration of Naga-inhabited areas, as demanded by the outfit, was discussed, officials said.



Kohima: The Centre and the NSCN(IM) on Tuesday
held peace talks for the first time in Nagaland where the
contentious issue of integration of Naga-inhabited areas, as
demanded by the outfit, was discussed, officials said.
On the demand for a single administrative setup of Naga
inhabited areas of the region, Centre`s interlocutor R S
Pandey told reporters that the Centre need consensus among the
states concerned on the issue.

A 12-member NSCN(IM) team led by its General Secretary
T Muivah who participated in the nearly three-hour long talks
acknowledged the difficulties of the Centre in certain areas
on the Naga issue.

Muivah said, "Integration is a natural aspiration of the
Naga people, we believe the Government of India also
understands it and hope they will solve this issue in due
course of time."
The both sides came to an understanding on some issues,
Pandey said.

"We hope in due course of time we will be able to hammer
out the contentious issues," he said.

Wide ranging issues based on a set of proposals submitted
earlier by the NSCN(IM) to the Government of India were
discussed in the meeting and both sides expressed their
commitment to explore all possibilities to arrive at a
consensus on "certain issues" which are "sensitive in nature",
Pandey said without elaborating further.

Pandey said the Centre has invited the NSCN(IM) leaders
to hold the next round of peace dialogue in New Delhi.

The talks kept in view the "uniqueness of the Naga
history and situation to find a settlement which should be
honourable and acceptable to both sides," he said.

Describing the talks as "significant", Muivah said this
time he noticed "more seriousness and sincerity" on part of
the Government of India for finding a negotiated settlement
on the basis of "unique rights, history and situation" of the
Naga people.

On the Centre`s invitation for next round of peace talks,
Muivah said he will consult with his people to arrive at a
decision.

Besides the substantive issues on the Naga political
problem, the talks discussed the present stalemate on Muivah`s
visit to Somdal village, but nothing concrete was disseminated
to media.

Pandey was accompanied by Intelligence Bureau Special
Director Ajit Lal.

PTI

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