Second shot at Naga talks

Second shot at Naga talks
Kohima, May 19: The next round of talks between the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) will be held in Nagaland next week, sources in Delhi and the Naga militant outfit confirmed. However, the dates of the talks are yet to be fixed.
The sources said the talks would be held next week in the wake of the current situation in Nagaland and Manipur after the Manipur government refused entry to NSCN (I-M) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah to the state. “Definitely the talks will be held either in Kohima or Viswema,” a senior functionary of the government of the people’s republic of Nagalim (GPRN), of the outfit told The Telegraph.
But he said the details of the meet were yet to be worked out but everything would be finalised within a couple of days. While Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga peace process, R.S. Pandey, and officials from the Union home ministry will represent the Centre, Muivah along with senior functionaries and policy makers of the NSCN (I-M) would attend the meet. The NSCN (I-M) leader is currently camping at Viswema, a village about 20km from Kohima near the Nagaland-Manipur border.
The talks will be held with the sole purpose of breaking the impasse arising out of the Manipur government’s move to bar Muivah from entering the state and convincing the Naga organisations to lift their blockade of national highways. Union home secretary G.K. Pillai and Pandey who had visited Viswema recently to break the stalemate, failed to convince the NSCN (I-M) leaders. However, they said the talks would continue with the Naga outfit. Pandey also sought the support and involvement of the civil society, state government and NGOs to break the impasse. But the NSCN (I-M) leaders were not impressed with the leadership’s stance at Delhi, which they said had failed to prevail over the Manipur government.
V.S. Atem, the emissary to the collective leadership of NSCN (I-M), said the outfit was determined to go ahead with its plan and that there would not be any second thought on Muivah’s proposed visit to Somdal in Ukhrul.
Samson Jojo, chief principal secretary of the GPRN, said the dates have not been finalised. Jojo, however, refused to comment on whether the Centre had called the talks in a hurry to break the current imbroglio. In the meantime, 13 cadres of the NSCN (Khaplang) led by a senior functionary joined the Isak-Muivah faction.

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