NSCN (IM) leader to meet PM, Home Minister in Delhi

Last Updated: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 18:05

Dimapur: NSCN (IM) leader Thuingaleng Muivah
will meet the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in Delhi
next week to carry forward the Naga peace process stalled for
a year, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said on Saturday.

"Muivah accepted the invitation from the Government of
India communicated through the new Interlocutor R S Pandey to
resume the peace dialogue," Pillai said here.
However, there was no word about the NSCN chairman Isak
Chisi Swu accompanying Muivah.

Pillai was talking to reporters after attending a passing
out parade of the Assam Rifles.

Ahead of meetings with political leadership, the Naga
leader will hold talks with Pandey on March two and three,
official sources said.

Pillai said efforts are on to include other Naga groups as
a permanent solution to the vexed Naga conflict is not
possible by holding talks with only one group.

Muivah had last visited India in December 2006 with NSCN
chairman Isak Chisi Swu and held talks with the government.
Both the leaders are based in the Dutch capital Amsterdam.

The NSCN(Isak-Muivah) general secretary is expected to
visit Nagaland and address clashes between the cadres of
NSCN-IM and its rival NSCN (Khaplang), which has resulted in
unrest in the recent past.

Pandey was recently appointed new interlocutor to
facilitate dialogue with the major insurgent outfit as he has
served as chief secretary in Nagaland.
A Nagaland cadre IAS officer of 1972 batch, Pandey is
said to have a good grasp of the issues that have led to the
long spell of insurgency in the north-eastern border state.

K Padmanabhaiah, a former home secretary, had served as
interlocutor for talks with NSCN-IM for a decade.

The last round of peace talks between the Centre and the
NSCN(I-M), which had entered into a ceasefire with the
government in August 1997, was held in March 2009 in Zurich,
Switzerland, and had ended in a stalemate.

The NSCN-IM, one of the oldest and most powerful of about
30 rebel groups, was earlier fighting for an independent
homeland for the Nagas, but scaled it down to a Greater
Nagaland, to be formed by slicing off parts of adjoining
states that have Naga tribal populations.

The Centre as well as the governments of Assam, Manipur
and Arunachal Pradesh have rejected the demand for unification
of Naga-dominated areas.

The Naga delegation is now expected to continue its
discussion with Pandey over the limits of flexibility within
the Constitution and whether a "sub-national constitution"
could be accommodated within it.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 18:05

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