Govt to hold talks with NSCN(I-M) in Amsterdam

Government will hold two days of parleys with the group in Amsterdam this week to discuss "substantive issues".

india Updated: May 14, 2006 10:45 IST

Ahead of talks to renew the ceasefire with major Naga insurgent outfit NSCN(I-M) which expires on July 31, Government will hold two days of parleys with the group in Amsterdam this week to discuss "substantive issues", including the outfit's demand for a Greater Nagaland.

The Central team, led by Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation Oscar Fernandes and comprising Centre's pointsman for the Naga peace process K Padmanabhaiah and some Union Home Ministry officials will leave for the Netherlands on May 17 and stay on in Amsterdam for the next two days for the dialogue.

"All issues, including that of renewal of ceasefire with NSCN (I-M), will figure in the talks which are aimed at keeping the dialogue with the Government going," informed 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.

The key and "most contentious" demand of the Naga group has been the issue of 'Greater Nagalim (Nagaland)', to bring all Naga-dominated areas in the North-East under one adminsitrative mechanism. However, it has seen strong opposition from Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

First Published: May 14, 2006 10:45 IST