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Nagaland CM to meet NSCN (I-M) leaders
December 07, 2004 15:22 IST
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday said the New Delhi visit of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) leaders Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah is "another positive step" in the on-going Naga peace talks.
Rio will be the first chief minister from the state to meet the two top NSCN (I-M) leaders when he holds talks with them in Delhi later today.
Before leaving for the national capital, Rio welcomed the NSCN(I-M)'s statement that Swu and Muivah wanted to meet a cross-section of the people in Nagaland during their visit to the state next week. "The situation is very conducive to meet the people in the state, and I am meeting them in my capacity as a political leader,'' Rio said.
He said during his meeting with the NSCN(I-M) leaders he will discuss political issues pertaining to the Naga peace process. He will also brief them about the role played by the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government as a 'facilitator' to the peace initiative, Rio said.
The DAN government, after coming to power, constituted a consultative committee on peace under Rio's chairmanship to support the initiatives of non-government organisations and civil society groups to ensure peace and reconciliation among the warring Naga underground factions.
In the next few days, the NSCN (I-M) leaders will meet United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and leaders of various political parties in Delhi.
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