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PM keen on solution: Rio
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAY 25(NPN):
Published on 26 May. 2009 1:35 AM IST
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State chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh during their recent meeting in New Delhi,had expressed concern on the “unresolved Naga political issue” and asserted that it should be solved within this term. Addressing media persons in his residence, Rio welcomed the Prime Minister’s statement and expressed “hope that this sincerity will be translated into reality in order to bring permanent peace in our land”. Rio also said that he had a thorough discussion with the Prime Minister on the plight of the Nagas of Myanmar and again reminded him about it during their meeting. Rio also said the prime minister’s response to a proposed meeting Myanmar’s Ambassador to India was positive. Rio said he called on Ambassador of Myanmar to India, U-Kyi Thein along with two MPs –C.M.Chang(Lok Sabha) and Khekiho(Rajya Sabha) along with state planning minister T.R.Zeliang at Delhi, they discussed number of issues relating to the status of the Naga people living inside Myanmar’s territory. “We highlighted the plight of the Nagas of Myanmar and urged upon the Myanmar government to take steps towards the upliftment of the Nagas there…,” Rio said. Rio disclosed he had informed U-Kyi Thein on the keenness of the government of India to resolve the Naga political issue and invited him to visit Nagaland Thein in response also invited Rio to visit Myanmar in order to meet representatives of the Junta government and also with Naga leaders there. Meanwhile, the Myanmar Ambassador suggested that Government of India should support the Myanmar government to work for the uplift of the Naga people and the Naga territories in Mynamar and both side assured all possible cooperation and support, Rio added. Reacting to a query on the ongoing violence in NC Hills, Rio said he was unaware of displaced people camping in relief camp inside Nagaland. Rio assured that immediate relief would be provided if there was any such case. EXPANSION Putting all speculations to rest, at least for time being, state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Monday ruled out immediate reshuffle in his fourteen month-old DAN ministry though adding that it would be discussed. Addressing a press conference at his residential office here, Rio also did not give any specific time frame to queries on whether the municipal and town council elections would be held on schedule (December) this year. On the issue of NSF’s demand on superannuation issue , Rio said that “it is a commitment and we will take it up in the coming full budget session scheduled for June.” Queried on the NPF’s support to UPA at centre, the chief minister respecting the mandate of the nation “we have extended support to the UPA without any pre-condition which has been very well received by the Prime Minister and the UPA leadership.” “The decision has been taken in the larger interest of the State keeping in mind the welfare of the people of Nagaland.” . Rio said he met prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and handed over a letter of support to the UPA . Asked if NPF is part of UPA or NDA, the chief minister said NPF was not part of any alliance and that it only extended unconditional support. On the merger of BJP with NPF, Rio welcomed M.C.Konyak and Y.Pattaon into the NPF fold while adding that Dr. Shurhozelie has already issued a statement on the subject.

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