Muivah mulls Nagaland visit

Muivah mulls Nagaland visit
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Kohima, March 10: NSCN (I-M) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah is expected to visit Nagaland soon to meet Naga leaders in quest of a solution to the imbroglio.
According to sources in the NSCN (I-M), Muivah, who is currently in Delhi, was meeting top policymakers to push forward the almost stalled Naga peace process. “He is expected to visit Nagaland, but we cannot disclose everything just now,” A.Z. Jami, kilonser (minister) for information and publicity, said. “He is meeting Indian leaders in New Delhi,” Jami added.
He, however, said the date for the next round of talks with the Centre’s interlocutor, R.S. Pandey, has not been fixed. The newly appointed Prime Minister’s interlocutor had the first round of discussions with the NSCN (I-M) leaders on proposals submitted by the Naga leaders and the Centre’s 29-point counter proposals.
Sources said Muivah’s visit to Nagaland would also depend on the progress of talks with leaders in New Delhi. Though there were reports of the Centre rejecting the outfit’s demand for sovereignty and Naga integration, a senior NSCN leader, who was part of the recently concluded talks, said there was considerable progress in the talks. Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P. Chidambaram have expressed their sincerity and commitment to continue with the Naga peace process to hammer out a honourable and acceptable solution for both sides, he added.
Nearly 70 rounds of talks have been held between the Centre and the NSCN (I-M) since August 1997, when truce was declared. Another reason for Muivah’s likely visit to Nagaland is the need to find a replacement for Khadao Yanthan, who died recently, leaving the post of vice-president vacant. The group’s leaders are tightlipped over who will succeed Yanthan.
In another development, the Joint Working Group of the NSCN (I-M), NSCN (Khaplang) and Naga National Council (Singnya) today agreed to cease all offensives and all Naga army commanders have been requested to abide by this decision.
The Telegraph.

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