Next round of Naga peace talks in Delhi soon

NSCN(I-M) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah today left for New Delhi to hold the next round of peace talks with Centre’s representatives towards finding a negotiated settlement to the protracted Naga political conflict.

Last Updated: Jul 15, 2010, 21:43 PM IST

Kohima: NSCN(I-M) general secretary
Thuingaleng Muivah today left for New Delhi to hold the next
round of peace talks with Centre’s representatives towards
finding a negotiated settlement to the protracted Naga
political conflict.

Accompanied by senior functionaries of the outfit Muivah
left for New Delhi this afternoon to hold peace parleys
responding to the invitation by Centre’s interlocutor R S
Pandey during the last round of talks.

However, before leaving Muivah told newsmen at Dimapur
airport that no dates had been fixed so far but hoped peace
dialogue would commence soon between the NSCN(I-M) leaders and
the Centre’s representatives.

Muivah, who wrapped up his nearly one and half month-long
peace mission with the last public meeting at Jalukie under
Peren district yesterday, described his journey has
"successful" since he received overwhelming responses from the
Naga people wherever he went.

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.

He said his duration of staying in Delhi and progress of
peace talks depends on the Government of India but he would
come back to Nagaland to continue the process of consultations
and discussions with the people.

Although till date over 60 rounds of peace talks were
held between the two sides, the June 1 parley was first of its
kind in Naga soil 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 Ukhurl 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