Muivah meets Chidambaram



New Delhi: NSCN-IM 'general secretary' Thuingaleng Muivah today met Home Minister P Chidambaram and discussed with him issues related to the Naga peace process.

Muivah is also understood to have apprised Chidambaram about his nearly one-and-a-half-month-long peace mission across Nagaland and its outcome.

The issue of his failed trip to his ancestral village in Manipur is also said to have figured in the nearly hour-long meeting.

The Naga rebel leader had also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

A crucial round of talks between NSCN-IM and Centre's interlocutor R S Pandey will begin here tomorrow to carry forward the peace process. A few rounds of informal talks with the NSCN-IM leadership had taken last week.

Top leaders of the rebel group, are currently in the capital to participate in the meeting.

Undertaking the peace mission that began in first week of June, Muivah 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