Centre's interlocutor for Naga peace talks R S Pandey arrived here today to hold peace parleys with NSCN-IM leaders tomorrow, official sources said.
The peace talks, the first of its kind in Nagaland in the 13-year discourse of Naga peace process towards finding an honourable and acceptable solution to the protracted Naga political conflict, assumes significance in the backdrop of prevailing situation arising out of Manipur government's opposition to the proposed visit of NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah to Ukhrul and subsequent events and consequences.
This third round of talks after appointment of Pandey as the interlocutor in January, is likely to take up substantive issues on the basis of an earlier set of proposals submitted by NSCN-IM to the Centre.
The talks would be held in the backdrop of proposed visit of Muivah, who has been camping in Viswema village near Nagaland-Manipur border since May 5 en-route to his native village Somdal.
So far, over 60 rounds of talks were held in New Delhi and abroad but no breakthrough could be achieved.
NSCN-IM had earlier proposed to Centre to hold next round of peace talks "in Naga soils" and the latter agreed to the request, the outfit sources said.