GoI sincere on Naga issue: Imchen

GoI sincere on Naga issue: Imchen
Kohima, February 16 (NEPS): Nagaland Home Minister Imkong L Imchen today said he has no doubt in the integrity of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram and Union Home Secretary, GK Pillai as far as the Naga political issue is concerned.
Talking to NEPS here on Tuesday, the minister said Prime Minister Singh, Union Home Minister Chidambaram and Union Home Secretary Pillai are sincere for finding solution to the protracted Naga political issue. He said the Central leaders are making concerted efforts to solve the longstanding Naga political issue. “Besides they are old hands on various issues including ours (Naga issue),” he said.
Stating that it is a good time for the Nagas, Imchen urged the Naga people not to miss the opportunity to find solution to the problem when they had ‘such leaders at the Centre.’ But the most important factor, he said, while taking such an opportunity, is that they should also sincerely work to frame a “common agenda” to be the basis for political negotiations with the Government of India.
Because, Imchen explained, there could not be separate solutions for each group. “There can be only one solution once and for all,” he asserted. “I don’t think the government of India will go for separate settlements with each group,” he said. The minister further explained that everyone—whether it is government machinery or NGO or each citizen— should contribute to the wisdom of the Naga underground workers in order to frame a comprehensive “common agenda.”
On Muivah’s comment that participation by “non-mandated” groups in the talks for settlement of the issue would only dilute what has been achieved in the talks so far, the Minister refused to comment on what he (Muivah) said but explained that the Government of India was interested to settle the issue once and for all. “But not for separate settlements with separate groups,” he averred. On the upcoming talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) in the month of April, Imchen stated he did not like to speculate on the nature of talks. “Only I can say is one has to be optimistic,” he said.

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