July 15, 2010 7:39:19 pm
NSCN-IM leader Thuingaleng Muivah and other senior members of the group will hold talks with Centre’s representatives towards finding a negotiated settlement to the protracted Naga political conflict.
Accompanied by senior functionaries of the group,Muivah left for New Delhi this afternoon for the parleys responding to the invitation of Centre’s interlocutor R S Pandey during the last round of talks.
Before leaving,Muivah told newsmen at Dimapur airport that no dates had been fixed so far but hoped the dialogue would commence soon between the NSCN-IM leaders and the Centre’s representatives.
Muivah,who wrapped up his nearly one-and-a-half-month-long peace mission with the last public meeting at Jalukie under Peren district yesterday,described his journey as “successful” since he received overwhelming response from the Naga people wherever he went.
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Undertaking the peace mission that began in first week of June,he visited all districts of Nagaland but Mon and called for reconciliation and understanding among the Nagas basing on the principle of “forget and forgive” to have a unified voice to be presented before the Centre.
He said his duration of staying in Delhi and progress of peace talks depends on the Centre but he would come back to Nagaland to continue the process of consultations and discussions with the people.
Although till date over 60 rounds of peace talks were held between the two sides,the June 1 parley was first of its kind in Naga soil during the course of 13-year-long peace process initiated in August 1997.
Initially,Muivah embarked on a journey to his native village in Manipur’s Ukhrul district on May 5,but deferred his plan following stiff opposition from the Ibobi Singh government which saw his visit as a “threat to communal harmony” in the state.
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