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GoI-NSCN (I-M) talks today
Correspondent KOHIMA/Ukhrul, MAY 31 (NPN):
Published on 1 Jun. 2010 12:37 AM IST
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Centre’s interlocutor, R. S. Pandey and special director IB, Ajit Lal arrived Kohima Monday to represent the government of India for holding talks with the NSCN (I-M) on Tuesday at the Heritage Bungalow, Kohima. For the first time during the last 13 years, the talks would be held in Nagaland. A 12-member team of NSCN (I-M) led by its general secretary, Th. Muivah, convenor steering committee “Lt.Gen (Retd)” V. S. Atem and senior leader and “kilonser” Tuccu would be participating in the talks, source said.
Although, NSCN (I-M) leaders refused to divulge the agendas for talks, the prevailing situation in the neighbouring Manipur state arising out of the proposed visit of Muivah to his birthplace Somdal village in Ukhrul district was one agenda that was likely to dominate the talks.
Flags flutter
Correspondent adds: Church bells chimed in several Tangkhul villages while thousands of NSCN flags fluttered in Ukhrul town on Monday, in a show of support to the talks between NSCN (I-M) and government of India to be held Tuesday in Kohima. In the wee hours, people woke up to the three-minute reverberating sound of church bells in Tangkhul villages and were greeted by more than 10, 000 rainbow-streak blue NSCN flags flying at every house in Ukhrul town. The support drive was organized by the Tangkhul Coordination Committee, a conglomeration of different Tangkhul frontal organisations. Interestingly, the TCC’s flag drive did not even spare government properties as several of them were seen fluttering in and around various government offices. “The gesture is to welcome and extend support to the government of India and NSCN (I-M) talks to be held for the first time in Nagalim,” TCC convenor Solomon Ningshen said.

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