Centre, NSCN (IM) to hold talks every month
The next round of talks between them will take place in Amsterdam on June 22 and 23.india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 21:38 IST
In a bid to expedite efforts to resolve the Naga insurgency issue, the Centre and major insurgent outfit NSCN (I-M) have decided to meet every month and the next round of talks between them will take place in Amsterdam on June 22 and 23.
"The two sides have decided to meet every month to make good progress in the negotiations and expedite the peace process in Nagaland," informed sources said on Thursday night.
The agreement to hold the parleys every month was taken during talks the Central team comprising Union Minister Oscar Fernandes and pointsman for Naga peace process K Padmanabhaiah had with NSCN (I-M) leaders led by their General Secrtary T Muivah in the Netherlands last month.
The coming round of talks assumes significance as it takes place just ahead of the July 31 deadline for renewal of the ceasefire between the Naga outfit, which has nearly 5,000 cadres in arms, and the security forces.
The Central team will leave for Amsterdam on June 21.
"All issues, including that of renewal of ceasefire with NSCN (I-M), will figure in the talks. Issues relating to the Constitution aspects will also come up," the sources said.
NSCN (I-M) and the security forces in Nagaland have been holding fire since 1997 when the ceasefire accord was reached. The accord has been extended every year since then except last year when it was renewed for just six months on the insistence of the Naga outfit and further extended by another six months in February this year.