Nagaland CM calls for initiating talks with Myanmar for peace in State (Re-issue)

December 11th, 2007 - 4:17 pm ICT by admin  

By Gautam and Vibou

Kohima, Dec 11 (ANI): India should initiate dialogue with rebel Naga leaders and Myanmar to ensure peace in Nagaland, according to Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio .

Various separatist groups in the State have been demanding a ‘Greater Nagaland’ comprising of the territory in India and contiguous areas in Myanmar inhabited by the Nagas.

Rio wants the Government of India to take up the issue with the Myanmar government. He said once the ceasefire is called, peace will prevail and India ’s “Look-East” Policy will benefit Nagaland, and the entire country.

The Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) is fighting for the rights of Nagas, particularly those on the Myanmar side of the border.

“The demarcation (the India-Myanmar border) we made without consulting the Naga people and even their villages were cut. Half of the buildings are in Myanmar and half in India . So it does not make any sense. There has to be some recognition given to the Nagas in Myanmar and only then peace and prosperity will be ensured,” said Rio .

Due to the differences, no infrastructure like road, healthcare or even schools have come up in the areas inhabited by Nagas in Myanmar Rio said.

The Central Government has held parleys with the rebel Naga groups many a time, but without any concrete results.

One of the Naga groups, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Issac-Muivah) has a key demand for creation of a new state combining all Naga dominated areas, which is opposed by other tribal groups. (ANI)

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