Dec 01, 2004

Nagalim leaders ready to go to India

Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah will definitely arrive at New Delhi in the first week of December
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The collective leadership of the NSCN (IM) will now arrive in the first week of December, within date 5 and 7 to further the peace talks between them and the Government of India.

The exact date is however yet to be worked out.

In an exclusive chat with The Sangai Express Deputy Kilonser (Home) of the outfit, Vareingam Horam today said that the IM leaders.

Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah will definitely arrive at New Delhi in the first week of December.

Horam said that the first visit of the IM leaders to India in January 2003, when the BJP led NDA Government was in power, was more of a courtesy call and added that this time the talk will centre around substantive issues to bring it to the final stage of the long awaited solution.

The top rung leaders of the NSCN (IM), who are expected to fly in to India from Amsterdam and Bangkok will be here for 5 to 7 days.

The Deputy Kilonser further said that a few rounds of talks will be held and the discussion will be all encompassing, so that vital issues are addressed thoroughly.

"It is a political talk between two Nations, India and Nagalim," he stressed.

To a question on whether the IM leaders will visit Nagaland during their trip to India, Horam corrected and said, "They will definitely visit Nagalim as well as the headquarters of the NSCN (IM)".

The discussion will involve all the key issues to bring about an amicable solution, he said and added that the integration of all Naga inhabited areas will figure prominently in the talk.

Without the issue of integrating all Naga inhabited areas, no solution will be applicable, he stressed.

When reminded of the strong opposition raised by the people of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to the proposal to bring all Naga inhabited areas under one administrative unit, the Deputy Kilonser said, "We believe in peaceful co-existence.

We also respect the sentiments of the people of Manipur and Assam".

The NSCN (IM) also expects positive reactions from the Governments of Manipur and Assam over this point, he added.

The IM leaders were scheduled to visit India earlier in November but that was called off as the outfit had expressed strong reservations against the motive of the Centre.

Th Muivah had even gone to extent of accusing Delhi of arming the NNC to marginalise the IM group.

The talks between Delhi and the Khaplang faction of the NSCN had also not gown down well with the IM leadership.

On James Kuki, the main accused in the kidnapping and killing of Lungnila Elizabeth, V Horam said that James was released on parole on September 11 this year for a period of three months for medical treatment.

To a question, he replied, "No I don't know where James Kuki is right now but he will reappear before after the parole period is over".

Source: The Sangai Express