Indo-Naga Talks Taday at Dimapur

Newmai News Network

Kohima/Dimapur, Jul 30 : The next round of Indo-Naga peace talks between the representatives of Government of India and NSCN-IM at Dimapur from 11 am onwards which will be for the first time in Nagaland after the two parties entered to a Cease Fire agreement in the year 1997.

Confirming the report, Nagaland Commissioner TN Mannen said that the Central team including Union Labour Minister, Oscar Fernandes, Centre’s Interlocutor K Padmanabhaiah, Secretary Intelligence Bureau Ajit Lal and Joint Secretary Intelligence Bureau Naveen Verma would be landing at the Dimapur air port at 9.30 am on Tuesday for the “crucial talks”, which will also focus on the extension of ceasefire between the two parties beyond July 31.

On being asked about the venue of the talks, he revealed that it would not be disclosed until tomorrow due to security reasons. However, the talks are likely to be held either at Circuit House or Chumukedima Police Complex in Dimapur.

Sources also revealed that though the peace talks are going to be held for the first time in the State, the Nagaland Government would not be taking part in the talks but only provide logistic support and foolproof security.

Sources in the NSCN-IM revealed that its Chairman Isak Chishi Swu and General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah along with NSCN Emissary, VS Atem and others will be meeting the Central representatives.

Meanwhile, the Naga Hoho would be organising a peace rally coinciding with the talks at City Tower in Dimapur from 9.30 am on Tuesday.

It may be recalled that the NSCN-IM had organised the 6th Naga Consultative meet recently at Camp Hebron, Dimapur where the mass based Naga organisations had expressed their view on further extension of the Cease Fire.

However, they had expressed that the GoI should show sincerity and guarantee to bring about an acceptable and honourable solution to the vexed Indo-Naga problem at the earliest.

Source: The Sangai Express

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