April 4, 2012
Top NSCN-IM officials are heading to Delhi for peace talks with the Indian government, which they are confident will result in a breakthrough agreement.
Below is an article published by the Eastern Mirror:
The long wait might be finally over with the Centre ready and expected to lay down their proposal for a final solution to the protracted Naga political issue. This was indicated by the two top NSCN/GPRN leaders today.
After over 60 rounds of talks and 15 years since signing the ceasefire agreement with the Government of India to negotiate for an honourable political settlement across the table, expectant top NSCN-IM functionaries led by chairman Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Th Muivah left for Delhi for yet another round of high level talks with the Indian counterparts on Tuesday.
However, the meeting this time will not be the usual kind ending with intangible results but rather a decisive one, it was indicated.
Making a significant revelation, Chairman Isak Chishi Swu told reporters prior to their departure at Dimapur airport that the NSCN-IM is expecting a definite settlement from the GoI. “We are expecting a result for settlement,” Swu made it clear.
“We have submitted our written document. It was examined by the decision making body there at the Centre; so we are going to meet those people,” he added, explaining the purpose of their trip to Delhi.
Still looking frail, Swu who had arrived Dimapur last December in a wheelchair, reiterated the GoI is also willing to settle the Naga issue. He again recalled the meeting held with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram sometime in December last year wherein they had shown positive attitude towards solving the Naga problem.
On being asked about their observations of the sentiments of the Naga people as per their interactions held with Naga civil society representatives, hohos and organisations since their arrival last December, Swu said every Naga wants settlement. All Nagas are waiting and longing for a settlement to the protracted Indo-Naga problem, he asserted.
General secretary Th Muivah also expressed the same sentiments with respect to the expectations of a possible settlement. “This time we are expecting something positive,” he said.
Stating that the problem is not with them but with the GoI, Muivah said they have been waiting for a final response from the centre.
“Our history is unique and our solution should be based on the uniqueness of Naga history. This time we are expecting something positive,” he stated.
It may be recalled that, upon his arrival earlier in December, Muivah had disclosed that the dialogue with the GoI on the decades-old Indo-Naga issue is on the verge of reaching a meeting point for an honourable settlement acceptable to all. He had also sought to make it clear that the ball is now in the court of the Indian Government, which he reiterated today.
On the date of the expectant meeting, Swu said it was yet to be fixed, but informed that it will be held within the next 10 days.