Government of India not in favour of ‘Greater Nagaland’

March 2nd, 2010 - 6:47 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 2 (ANI): Rebel Naga leaders, who met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, to discuss the issue of sovereignty were disappointed when the Centre gave its nod to autonomy, but said no to the demand for a ‘Greater Nagaland’.

Sources within the government said the Centre has formalized a peace formula to break the deadlock with the Naga rebels, who held a first round of talks with the Government today.

Naga leaders also called on Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to discuss the issue of autonomy issue.

According to sources, the Government has a proposal to counter the Naga demands, which would include a Naga body without territorial jurisdiction, but with a constitutional sanction.

There are reports that the General Secretary of the banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), Thuingaleng Muivah was unhappy with the interlocutor R. S. Pandey, who led the discussions at the peace dialogue.

The banned National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) - Isak Muivah faction chairman Isak Chisi Swu along with its General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah arrived here for talks with the Central Government in a bid to take the vexed Naga peace process forward.

Isak and Muivah, who are now based in Amsterdam, have come to India after nearly three years.

Muivah has set the tone for the talks by saying the rebel outfit will not withdraw its demand for a Greater Nagaland. Union Home Secretary G K Pillai told newsmen in Dimapur on Saturday, “Muivah accepted the invitation from the Government of India communicated through the new Interlocutor R S Pandey to resume the peace dialogue.”

Ahead of meetings with political leadership, the Naga leaders will hold talks with Pandey on March two and three, they said. The two leaders were also expected to visit Nagaland besides addressing the issue of clashes between the cadres of NSCN-IM and its rival NSCN (Khaplang), which led to unrest in the recent past.

Government sources said they would try and iron out differences with the NSCN-IM, which has proposed a federal relationship in the Indian Union. (ANI)

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