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Swu, Muivah to meet Khaplang; NSCN (I-M) hopes for positive outcome in talks
Spl. Correspondent NEW DELHI/DIMAPUR, JAN 29 (NPN):
Published on 30 Jan. 2011 12:50 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Th. Muivah are expected to visit Nagaland to hold consultations and also, a likely meeting with NSCN (K) chairman, SS Khaplang.
However, according to sources, the proposed meeting between the two groups has not been finalized but will be held after the next round of talks with the centre.
Swu is also expected to attend the highest level meet of the forum for Naga Reconciliation, the source added. “We are committed to an honourable, just and lasting solution,” Swu told earlier in a civic reception held at Lodhi estate to welcome his return to India.
He also welcomed the government’s positive attitude towards the ongoing talks between the group and the interlocutor RS Pandey. Swu also urged the Naga people to unite and rise above the shackles of social divides to promote progress and peace in Nagaland. Both Swu and Muivah are in New Delhi to hold the next round of talks with the government of India.
Meanwhile, in a statement NSCN(I-M) MIP said, the Naga people, despite apprehensions, were hoping that the government of India with utmost sincerity and strong political will would take positive steps in the coming round of talks. It expressed apprehension that indecisiveness in the talks would create more commotion, turmoil and breach of trust between the two parties.
“Solution reached at the expense of the Naga political and historical realities will also lead both the parties back to square one,” it said. The focal point was how and what kind of steps the government of India was going to take with regard to the long-drawn current “Indo-Naga” peace process, MIP said.
It was pointed out that the talks in Delhi were held only when the collective leadership was invited by the government of India and this time too, Swu had come to Delhi to have mutual understanding and discussion for taking concrete step. The NSCN (I-M) appreciated the government of India for taking all troubles in making the chairman’s trip save and sound in spite of hurdles here and there. However, the NSCN (I-M) also express unhappiness over the “carrot and stick policy” adopted by the government of India. It lamented that while the collective leadership was accorded “warm hero welcome,” their subordinate leaders and officers were deliberately branded as criminals. The NSCN (I-M) cited the arrests of ‘deputy kilonser’ Koningam and ‘Maj. Gen.’ Ningkhan Shimray by the Indian armed forces while they were on their way to Delhi for talks on different occasions. It said that the situation in ‘Nagalim’ was being watched by the whole world.
Pandey lauds Swu
Center’s interlocutor for talks with NSCN (I-M), R. S. Pandey has appreciated the NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu for openly acknowledging the positive attitudes and gestures of the government of India towards finding a lasting solution to the long drawn Naga political issue.
Speaking to NEPS over phone from Delhi, Pandey expressed happiness that a peaceful atmosphere conducive for political negotiations was prevailing and expressed hope that a “permanent peace” would come to Nagaland as early as possible.
Asked about any timeframe for the solution to the Naga issue, the Center’s interlocutor said, “You can’t really say a definite timeframe for final settlement to the longstanding Naga issue.” He, however, added since both sides were sincere and coming to better understanding, solution to the problem would be found as early as possible.
“I always believe that when there is a will, there is a way,” Pandey said. When both sides have expressed their “will” to settle the over six-decades old Naga political issue, there would be a way to find a permanent solution to the issue, he added.
Asked about his meeting with Swu, the former Nagaland chief secretary and a 1972-batch Nagaland cadre IAS officer, Pandey said he met the NSCN (I-M) leader for the first time and found in him (Swu) the seriousness, sincerity and understanding to the issue and to find for “final solution.”
“I have agreed to whatever statement he (Swu) gave,” Pandey said but refused to divulge the nature of talks he held for the first time with the NSCN (I-M) top leader. “It will not be correct for me to share details of our negotiations at this moment …. I am not supposed to speak everything,” he said.
Pandey observed that the Naga people had been suffering for over 60 years due to the unresolved political issue and that they were “entitled to respect and self-dignity” and a right to the developments available to them. He said that the uniqueness of the Nagas should be respected.
Earlier, the former chief secretary first mooted the idea of “shared sovereignty” but did not go down well with the Naga groups. He had said that India had a concept of “shared sovereignty” where in some matters states were sovereign, while in some other the Center was. He went to explain that sovereignty in matters of State List could be further augmented keeping in mind the uniqueness of the Naga society. “That is where we have to explore to settle the problem,” he had said.

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