Indo-Naga Political dialogue: Pre-conditions to be set for long term peace, says Nagaland panel

The Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue made this appeal during their first meeting held on Friday in Dimapur.

The parliamentary core committee formed on June 10 held their first meeting on Friday in Dimapur, where they appealed to the negotiating parties of the Indo-Naga Political dialogue to resume peace talks "with a positive approach" and set aside pre-conditions in the greater interest of the people's cry for long term peace."

"The constant antagonism against each other is sending out a wrong message to the masses considering the fact that we are all pursuing the same aspiration of peace and political solution," Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu, who is also the member secretary of the committee said.

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is the convenor of the Parliamentary Committee. Deputy Chief Minister Y. Patton and former chief minister T.R. Zeliang are co-convenors and Minister Neiba Kronu is the member secretary. All 60 MLAs of the State are members of the committee.

The Central government is holding peace talks with some nine Naga political groups including the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM).

The committee's appeal aimed at accelerating the talks which have been delaying over various matters including the Centre's insistence that illegal taxes are not collected by Naga insurgent groups who are holding discussions with the government.

The armed Naga groups have also been advised to take a positive cue from the elected members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly and set aside their differences and come together for "one solution and one agreement".

(Edited by Aparmita Das)

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