Carrying forward the dialogue process on the vexed Naga issue, NSCN-IM chairman Isak Chisi Swu and general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah will arrive here on Saturday to hold talks with the Centre’s new interlocutor and are likely to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Swu and Muivah, who had last visited India in December 2006 and held talks with government leaders, are coming a fortnight after the Government appointed R.S. Pandey, former Petroleum Secretary, as the new interlocutor on Naga talks earlier this month.

The two top Naga rebel leaders, who are based in the Dutch capital Amsterdam, are likely to call on the Prime Minister and Home Minister P. Chidambaram, official sources said here on Friday.

Ahead of meetings with political leadership, the Naga leaders will hold talks with Mr. Pandey on March 2 and 3, 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 resulted in unrest in the recent past.

Sources in the government said they would try and iron out differences with the Centre on key issues, including the sovereignty demand under which the NSCN-IM has proposed a federal relationship with Indian Union.

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