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Centre-NSCN(IM) talks on Oct 9

October 06, 2005 15:13 IST

The next round of talks between the Centre and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Issac-Muivah) would be held on October nine in Bangkok, Union Minister Oscar Fernandes who heads the Group of Ministers on Naga negotiations said on Thursday.

The NSCN (IM) has been operating from South Asian territories since nearly four decades. It entered into a ceasefire agreement with the government in 1997.

Nagas, Centre to resume talks

The government, on its part, extended the ceasefire period for another six months after the earlier ceasefire agreement expired on July 31 this year.

While the NSCN insists on its one-point agenda -- the unification of Naga-inhabited areas of the northeast -- the Group of Ministers argue that since the Nagas were never under one administrative area it was not practical to reunite them, or to redraw the region's boundary.

The NSCN (IM) and their followers want a 'Greater Nagaland' to be created by slicing off four districts from Manipur, (Chandel, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul), two from Arunachal Pradesh (Tirap and Changlang), and large parts from Assam, including the areas inhabited by the Karbi tribe.

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