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Muivah arrives to consult with Naga tribal groups

NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th. Muivah takling to media on arrival at Dimapur airport Thursday from New Delhi. (PTI)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Mar 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Mar. 2010 6:56 PM IST
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NNSCN(I-M) general secretary Th.Muivah, who arrived Dimapur Thursday from New Delhi to hold consultations with various Naga tribal groups and organizations, has reiterated that no stone would be left unturned towards an honourable settlement to the Naga issue.
At a brief meet with the local media at the airport enroute Hebron, the general headquarters of the NSCN(I-M), Muivah who held talks with the Central leaders in New Delhi, said both the prime minister Dr.Manmohan Singh and home minister P.Chidambaram were serious and committed towards finding out ways for a negotiated settlement.
When asked how soon would a solution be reached, Muivah said “from our side, there is nothing we have not done” to arrive at a settlement. “But, fortunately there was no proposal from the Indian side and that was the problem. Off course, we have to stand on our ground because those people here on earth who do not stand up for their own rights, do not deserve to be free people. We will have to stand for our rights,” he asserted.
On whether his side sought for greater autonomy, Muivah said the question did not arise. “Our history is clear and our political stand is also clear. That is inalienable; we will stand,” he said. Asked if he would consult Nagas in Nagaland and Manipur, Muivah replied “naturally, we have to understand each other with organization and mostly with the people. I have the obligation to brief the people how things are going on between the government of India and us.” He also said after consultation with all Nagas they would not stay long. On reconciliation process, he said “You know we all stand for reconciliation but when we say reconciliation we mean that anyone who is committed to the national principle, we can be united there. That is our reconciliation.”
Muivah was received at the airport by a large group of NSCN (I-M) functionaries and members including his wife. Meanwhile, with the prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh having said the UPA government would like to solve the Naga issue within the tenure of the present government, a sense of urgency prevails in New Delhi. Union Home minister P.Chidambaram has also gone on record that the solution would be possible within the framework of the constitution of India.
Union Home secretary G.K.Pillai had also said the government desired that solution should be within a year or two.

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