Swu, Muivah expected to visit New Delhi soon
DIMAPUR, DEC 1: NSCN (I-M) chairman, Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah are expected to visit Delhi soon to discuss the Centre’s proposals, according to a newspaper report. They will be joined by top leaders of the group. Union home secretary G.K. Pillai on Sunday said that the Centre was now ready with its own set of proposals for discussion with the NSCN (I-M) to find a solution to the decades-old “Indo-Naga” political problem.
However, a day after, the NSCN (I-M) ruled out immediate acceptance of Delhi’s proposals but said the outfit would take up the points for discussion “sometime in December.”NSCN (I-M) “kilonser” for information and publicity, Vikiye Sumi said the outfit would not “easily accept the proposals of the Centre without analysing the nitty-gritties.”
“However, (there is) nothing wrong in checking the proposals of the government of India,” Sumi added.
The “kilonser” said since the Centre has ruled out physical integration of Naga contiguous areas, the outfit cannot sell out the rights of the Naga people.
“Let’s see what kind of proposals they have made,” he said. The NSCN (I-M) has categorically stated that without the integration of Naga areas, there could be no acceptable solution. Sumi said the Tatar Hoho (Naga parliament) has endorsed the collective leadership (Isak and Muivah) of the outfit to discuss the issues with Delhi and any outcome of their discussions would be deliberated back home by the Tatar Hoho.
On the venue of the next round of talks, the kilonser said it could be held anywhere. According to an agreement before the truce in 1997, talks were to be held in a third country. But following assurances from the Centre to expedite the Naga peace process, the collective leadership of the NSCN (I-M) had agreed to a request to hold talks in India. In support of the demand of the Naga outfit, chief minister Neiphiu Rio has reiterated the state government’s stand on integration of all Naga contiguous areas under one administrative unit.
So far Nagaland Assembly had passed four resolutions in favour of integration of Naga areas. He had said the desire of the Naga people to come together as a people would always remain.