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Swu, Muivah urge PM to expedite talks
New Delhi, Feb 18 (AGENCIES):
Published on 19 Feb. 2011 12:33 AM IST
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Top leaders of the NSCN (I-M) called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday evening and urged him to expedite the 14-year-old peace process.
The outfit’s chairman, Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Th Muivah along with interlocutor for Naga talks R.S. Pandey spoke to the Prime Minister for over 40 minutes.
Apparently, it was octogenarian Swu who first raised the point of a stretched peace process and the need to speed up.
The Prime Minister said he, too, wished an “expeditious process” in order to reach an honourable and mutually acceptable solution.
NSCN (I-M) sources said the Prime Minister has assured them that the Centre was trying to come to a “speedy settlement”.
Today, both sides are understood to have pointed out that enough years have been spent talking and it was time to finally “decide” on “what is acceptable”.
Officials refused to comment whether that meant a “make-or-break” stage had been reached.
“The meeting was very, very positive,” Pandey told The Telegraph.
Swu arrived in India on January 21 from Bangkok along with a family member on Indian passports.
This is the second meeting with insurgent groups from the Northeast that the Prime Minister has held within a span of a week.
A four-member Ulfa delegation also called on Singh this week.
However, the government remains worried about the increasing interest of China in the region in view of unresolved insurgencies. While the Naga insurgency has spanned six decades, Ulfa has been active for over three decades and its commander-in-chief Paresh Barua is known to have got cosy with elements in China.
The peace process with the NSCN (I-M), which started on August 1, 1997, has till now not yielded anything concrete.

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