Leaders of India’s longest running insurgency —National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) — on Sunday hinted at progress in the ongoing talks on the vexed Naga issue, saying they acknowledged the government’s “positive” attitude in finding a lasting solution.
The NSCN (IM) has held on to a ceasefire agreement with the central government since August 1997. NSCN (IM) chairman Isak Chisi Swu said the rebel leadership was in the country at the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for peace dialogue.
He said he hoped that the Centre would deliver on its promise that any agreement with the outfit would reflect the “unique history” and position of the Nagas.
“We are committed to an honourable, just and lasting solution,” Swu told a function organised to welcome his return to the country This time, he traveled on an Indian passport.
The Naga leader said he welcomed the government’s positive attitude towards the ongoing talks between the group and the interlocutor RS Pandey.
At the same time, Swu also stressed on the need for reconciliation among the Naga people to bridge their differences. “I …hope that they (the government) will not miss the opportunity,” he said. NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah — who has been holding talks with the interlocutor, RS Pandey, hoped the government would recognise the Naga identity and in bringing a lasting solution to the six decade-old insurgency problem in Nagaland.
At the last meeting, the NSCN-IM had proposed a federal relationship with the Indian Union with additional financial and legislative powers.
The Central government, on the other hand, offered financial package for socio-cultural development of Naga people.