Naga issue to be resolved as a 'package': Govt
Days before talks with the NSCN(IM), the Centre on Tuesday said the Naga issue has to be resolved as a 'package.'india Updated: May 16, 2006 18:25 IST
Days before talks with the NSCN(IM), the Centre on Tuesday said the Naga issue has to be resolved as a "package." It would respond point by point to the outfit's charter of demands, which seeks among other things "unification of Naga-inhabited areas" of North East.
In the charter, the NSCN(IM) has sought unification of Naga-inhabited areas, greater rights over natural resources, symbols of sovereignty, separate representation at the UN, joint defence of the state, comprising Indian and Naga army besides others.
"Talks are a continuous process. These have to be held in many stages before things can evolve in concrete shape," Centre's pointsman for the Naga talks and Union Minister Oscar Fernandes said in New Delhi.
Fernandes, who will be holding the second round of parleys with the Naga group in Amesterdam on May 19-20, said the talks were proceeding in the right direction.
On the charter of demands put forward by the NSCN(IM), he said the government would respond point by point to it.
"We are not ruling out anything, unless something concrete emerges," he said, adding a solution had to be found as a "package" and it would not be possible in one go.
Asked about the NSCN(IM)'s threat not to extend the ongoing ceasefire beyond July 31 if assurance was not given on the unification issue, Fernandes said the Government will have to talk to the concerned states -- Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam -- before taking a final decision on it.