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Sovereignty, integration excluded in peace talks: Pillai
Correspondent IMPHAL, FEB 27:
Published on 28 Feb. 2010 1:45 AM IST
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Sovereignty and integration of Naga inhabited areas would not be included during talks with the NSCN (I-M), said union home secretary, G. K. Pillai who was in Imphal for his two-day visit to the state. Talking to reporters Saturday night Pillai said “New Delhi will not discuss any matter related with demand of sovereignty and integration in the talks with the NSCN (I-M) but the talk will be an open one.” Asserting that government was ready to handle insurgency problems of the north eastern region, Pillai said New Delhi was aware that insurgents were mushrooming in the region only for extortion and causing suffering to the people. He said extortion has become a “cottage industry” in the region that has led to the mushrooming up of many insurgent organisations. He said insurgents were proving to be a hindrance to the developmental activities in the region. Extortion and corruption are the main issues faced by the states of the NE Region, he said. Replying to a query, Pillai said that there was no plan to launch joint operation between the Indian and Myanmar armies to flush out north east rebel camps from Myanmar territory but that there would be coordination between the two on the matter. He said insurgent outfits like the UNLF, PLA and NSCN (I-M) have their camps in Myanmar and that Indian intelligence has provided maps indicating locations of the camps to the Myanmar Army. New Delhi would continue to supply intelligence inputs to Myanmar authority and Yangon will in turn will cooperate with Delhi in dealing with the insurgents from the north east he said.

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