Nagalim: North-eastern State Boundaries Won't Be Redrawn Sans Consent: PM
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the redrawing of boundaries of North-eastern states to accommodate the Greater Nagaland demand of the NSCN (IM) will not be done without the states' consent.
Asked whether talks with the NSCN(IM) would affect the territorial integrity of Assam, the Prime Minister told a press conference here that negotiations with the NSCN(IM) was on and "we want a fruitful solution to emerge".
"We want Nagaland to prosper in peace and security. However, no change can be made in the present status of states without the consent of the states," he said.
The Prime Minister said if any change was necessary, it would be done with the prior approval of the states concerned.
"We are committed to maintaining the territorial integrity of all states in the North-east," he said.
The Centre held several rounds of talks with the NSCN (IM) leaders in Bangkok to resolve the oldest insurgency problem in the region, demanding integration of all Naga-inhabited areas under a Greater Nagaland.