Thuingaleng Muivah, general secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), will arrive in New Delhi this weekend to carry forward the crucial Naga peace talks, the home ministry confirmed on Saturday. Muivah had last visited India in 2006.
“Muivah accepted our invitation communicated through new interlocutor R.S. Pandey to resume the peace dialogue,” Union Home Secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai said.
Muivah, who is expected to arrive on Saturday night, will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday. NSCN-IM Chairman Isak Chishi Swu will accompany Muivah during the visit.
“Our general secretary will meet the Indian prime minister after arriving from Amsterdam,” said A.Z. Jami, kilonser (minister) in charge of information and publicity of the Government of People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN).
The outfit had entered into a ceasefire with the Indian government in 1997, signaling an end to the 50-year-long insurgency, which was aimed at achieving sovereignty for Naga-inhabited areas in the northeast. The NSCN faction led by guerrilla leader S.S. Khaplang, the NSCN-K, followed suit in 2001.
Besides NSCN-IM and NSCN-K, the NSCN (Unification) and Naga National Council (Adino) are also said to have a stake in the peace process.
Understanding that a permanent solution to the Naga conflict won’t be possible through talks with only one group, the government is trying to get other factions on board.
“Efforts are being made to include all Naga groups because we have realised holding talks with only one group can be counter-productive,” Pillai said.