National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah on Thursday left for New Delhi to hold the next round of peace talks with Centre’s representatives towards finding a negotiated settlement to the protracted Naga political conflict.
Accompanied by senior functionaries of the outfit Mr. Muivah left for New Delhi this afternoon to hold peace parleys responding to the invitation by Centre’s interlocutor R. S. Pandey during the last round of talks.
However, before leaving Mr. Muivah told newsmen at Dimapur airport that no dates had been fixed so far but hoped peace dialogue would commence soon between the NSCN(IM) leaders and the Centre’s representatives.
Mr. Muivah wrapped up his nearly one-and-a-half month long ’peace mission’ by holding the last public meeting at Jalukie in Peren district of Nagaland. He visited various parts of Nagaland and held consultation with the people at grass-roots level.
During his visit, he called for reconciliation and understanding among Nagas based on the principle of ‘forget and forgive’ to have a unified voice to be presented before the Centre.
The last round of peace dialogue between Centre’s interlocutor R. S. Pandey and NSCN(IM) leaders was held on June 1. These were first such talks in Naga soil during the course of the 13-year-long peace process initiated by both sides in August 1997 by announcing a ceasefire pact.
Mr. Muivah embarked on a journey to his native village in Manipur’s Ukhurl district on May 5 but deferred his plan following stiff opposition from the Ibobi Singh government which saw his visit as a “threat to communal harmony” in the State.