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Naga peace talks at Kohima

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Kohima, June 1, 2010: Formal talks between Union Government emissaries and the Naitonal Socialist Council of Nagaland held at Kohima for the first time Tuesday. The Centre represented by its Interlocutor, R.S. Pandey and Special Director, Intelligence Bureau, Ajitlal and the NSCN (IM) delegation led by its General Secretary, Th. Muivah.

Talking to Media persons at the traditional Morung at the “Heritage”, after the closed door meeting that lasted about three hours, both Pandey and Th. Muivah said that both sides are committed to find an honorable solution. Pandey said that the rounds of talks already held have been along positive lines and that both sides have mutual respect for each other.

He said that nothing would be imposed on each other. We have discussed a large number of issues, he said. He asserted that through understanding of each other's difficulties, negotiations would be pursued to reach a conclusion. He also added that the Centre has invited Th. Muivah to Delhi for the next round of talks.

Terming the talks as 'very significant', Th. Muivah said that both sides are committed to explore any means to overcome difficulties that stand in the way. He appreciated the sincerity of the Prime Minister of India to find a solution acceptable to both.