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Acceptable solution in 2 yrs: Pillai

Union home secretary, G. K. Pillai reviews the parade during the attestation parade held at Assam Rifles Training Centre and School, Sukhovi, Dimapur, Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Feb. 2010 1:49 AM IST
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Union home secretary, Gopal Krishna Pillai assured that the Centre was serious in bringing about a solution to the long standing Naga political issue within 12 to 24 months but it can happen only with the involvement of all Naga groups to bring a solution acceptable to all sections of people. Addressing a press meet after reviewing the attestation parade coinciding with 175th anniversary of the Assam Rifles at the ARTC & S at Sukhovi here today, Pillai said “we have to settle with everybody .... and final solution can be with all groups of Naga people,” . Stating that the Centre would not like the issue to drag on ,Pillai said it was also flexible to the permissible extent in solving the Naga issue with “peace and honour”. Various tribal NGOs interacted with the union home secretary and apprised him of the desire of the Nagas for peace and inclusion of all Naga groups for a final solution to the Naga political issue. Representatives of NGOs told Pillai that they wanted the Naga issue to be settled at the earliest as the people have suffered enough due to factional killings. Pillai said the law and order situation in the north east remained a matter of concern and was being closely monitored by the Centre. He said the centre’s peace talks offer to various groups was successful and special interlocutors have also been appointed for holding talks with various groups. On the ULFA, Pillai said steps have been set into motion for the talks. He was optimistic that the Bangladesh would soon hand over ULFA leader Anup Chetia to India. Pillai said there was strong demand for peace in Manipur and that process “in one sense was yet to start.” The union home secretary said he visited Manipur to see the peace camp of the Kuki militants. Regarding Maoists, Pillai said since they were not under pressure, they have not responded to offer for talks with the government. Pillai said Maoist leader Kishenji has never spoken to people or public contrary to what was being shown in the media. Alleging that someone claiming to be Kishenji was shown speaking to the media, Pillai said when asked, people disclosed that Kishenji had never spoken to them. Earlier, addressing the Assam Rifles recruits, Pillai said the AR has done a commendable job in the northeast by winning the hearts and minds of the local people. He exhorted the Assam Rifles personnel to keep up the good name of the force which have also come to be known as “Sentinels of the North East” and “Friends of the Hill People.” He said the government has decided to send a contingent of Assam Rifles as a part of a “Formed Police Unit” to Haiti under the aegis of United Nations. Pillai presented awards to the passing out recruits for their outstanding performance during training. N. Arun Kumar Singh was awarded the medal for being the Best All Round Recruit and Hemant Kumar was awarded for being the best in Drill. Other awards given were for best in firing, sports, battle and physical training and bayonet fighting. Spectators were treated to impressive performances of para motors, hot air ballooning and motorcycle ride display by the ‘Shwet Ashw’ of the dispatch rider team of the Corps of Military Police. These adventure activities were organised as part of the ongoing celebrations of the 175th anniversary of the Assam Rifles. CFMG and CFSB chairman, Lt Gen (Retd) Mandata Singh PVSM ,YSM, VSM, ; GOC 3 Corps, Lt Gen NK Singh, AVSM, VSM, Nagaland power minister, Doshehe Sema, additional chief secretary of school education & SCERT, Banuo Z Jamir, officials from Dimapur district administration and police department were among other guests present at the programme. Muivah’s arrival NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah would be reaching New Delhi Saturday night to resume the deadlocked peace talks with the centre, union home secretary, G. K. Pillai said. Pillai said Muivah had accepted the government’s invitation to resume talks. and that he would be meeting prime minister, Manmohan Singh and home minister, P. Chidambaram. He said various proposals were being readied on the table for the talks.

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