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Pandey holds security meet
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 6 (NPN)
Published on 7 Apr. 2010 12:02 AM IST
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Centre’s Interlocutor for the Naga political dialogue and former chief secretary of Nagaland, R. S. Pandey on a six-day official visit held series of meeting on the second day Tuesday.
Pandey held a meeting with the state Strategy Group on security which included chief secretary, DGP, IGAR, DIG CRPF at the New Secretariat. He was reportedly briefed on the prevailing overall situation in the state and also various counts of violations of ceasefire ground rules by both the NSCN factions currently under ceasefire agreement with the government of India.
It was also learnt that during the meeting with the Strategy Group, Pandey stressed on the need to take into confidence all the underground factions and different sections of the Naga society to amicably and finally resolve the decades old Naga political problem.
Later, Pandey interacted with the civil societies to gather their views and suggestions and had series of meeting with different organizations including the Naga Hoho, Tenyimi Peoples’ Organization and ENPO before he held meeting with the DAN Political Affairs Committee.
Nagas entitled to respect
Meanwhile, talking to NEPS in Kohima, Pandey said Nagas were “entitled to respect and self-dignity” and have a right to developments available to them.
Asserting that the uniqueness of the Nagas should be respected, he said it was in this spirit that the current political dialogue was going on for which a conclusion was yet to be reached. The centre’s new interlocutor reiterated the government of India was “honestly sincere” in finding a solution to the protracted Naga political issue.
Pandey said his visit to Nagaland was primarily to update himself of the prevailing atmosphere in the state.
Indicating a different approach over the Naga sovereignty issue, Pandey said India has a concept of “shared sovereignty.” He said in some matters, states were sovereign, while it was the Centre in some matters. Elaborating on this, he said sovereignty in matters of State List could further be augmented keeping the uniqueness of the Naga society. “That is where we have to explore to settle the problem,” he said.
On his recent meeting with NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th Muivah in Delhi, Pandey said, “I find they are also keen to resolve the problem. They felt that it has been going for a long time. It is time the process should be expedited. So the dialogue is going on and as I earlier said the conclusion is yet to reach.”
He also disclosed that both sides exhibited a spirit of understanding and optimism. “So long this spirit goes on, conclusion will be reached,” he said.
Asked about how he left on the responsibility bestowed upon him by the Centre, Pandey, a 1972-batch Nagaland cadre IAS officer, said he spent about 20 years serving in various capacities up to chief secretary in Nagaland. “If my association with the Nagas can bring permanent peace in the land, it will give me immense joy,” he said.
He said the centre would try all means to find solution to the Naga problem.

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