Nagaland CM calls for initiating talks with Myanmar for peace in State

December 10th, 2007 - 11:17 pm ICT by admin  

Kohima, Dec 10 (ANI): India should initiate dialogue with Naga leaders and Myanmar to ensure peace in Nagaland, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said here today.
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 called for taking 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.
Six lakh to seven lakh Nagas are also inhabited in the border areas of India and Myanmar.
The Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) is fighting for the freedom of the Nagas, particularly those on the other side of the border.
“The demarcation (dividing areas in Nagaland between India and Myanmar) 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 and all these are being take care of from Nagaland,” Rio said.
The Central Government had 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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