Nagalim: US Supports Peaceful Resolution
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Supporting the on-going peace dialogue between the Centre and Naga rebel groups, the
Describing the Naga issue as a `very complex one,` US Consul General Henry Victor Jardine, on his first visit to the state, dismissed suggestions that the United States could have brokered peace and said it could further complicate the conflict.
The envoy told newsmen that his visit to Nagaland was to acquaint himself with the on-going Naga peace process as also public health issues, particularly HIV/AIDS and development matters.
Jardine yesterday attended the week-long Hornbill festival and was overwhelmed by Naga hospitality, culture, dance and music.
He also meet Governor Shyamal Datta, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Health Minister Dr T M Lotha and representatives of tribal councils and civil society groups and deliberated on issues of bilateral interest between
Asked about his views on utilizing US aided funds by Nagaland for countering the spread of HIV/AIDS, the envoy said, "in a single visit it is difficult to assess such an issue, but the us is aware of the gravity of the problem in the state".
The consul general also favored scrapping of the restricted area permit system.