Naga peace talks ‘No HM, only PM level’

Dimapur, December 18 (MExN): Member of Rajya Sabha Khekiho Zhimomi today said the invitation for talks at the ‘Home Minister’ level cannot be, and should be “from the PMO.” A copy of the speech made by the MP in the Parliament today was received here.
“…the invitation for dialogue at the Home Minister level has not been welcomed by the Naga leaders, which may bring the deadlock and more than 12 years ceasefire and 60 rounds of talk may result in futility,” the MP told the parliament.
“It is therefore in the interest of both the parties that the invitation should be sent from PMO as it was in the past for political dialogue to expedite the political process and bring early resolution through a negotiated settlement which may be honorable and acceptable to the Naga people,” Zhimomi stated.
The MP also informed the Parliament of what he called a ‘landmark political event,’ the Nagaland Legislative Assembly’s recent resolution to constitute a joint parliamentary committee on the Naga political issue. The resolution was taken up, cutting across political lines, and unanimously passed that the committee would carry the voice of the assembly, the MP said. The resolutions had also expressed appreciation to the government of India, particularly the prime minister and the Home minister for “their renewed sincerity” towards finding a permanent solution to the decades-old Indo-Naga political problem, Zhimomi stated.
Further, the MP informed the Parliament that representatives of the Naga underground groups the NSCN (IM), NSCN (K) and the NNC share the view of “what could be the permanent honorable settlement best for the Nagas which itself is very healthy political development amongst the various factions.”

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