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Naga Peace Talks

'Strive Till Peace Is Achieved'

Full text of the joint communique and the statement issued at the end of parleys between the NSCN (I-M) and the government. More Coverage

'Strive Till Peace Is Achieved'
'Strive Till Peace Is Achieved'
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Joint Communique issued by T.Muivah, general secretary of the NSCN (I-M) and K.Padmanabhaiah, Representative of the Government of India:

" The representatives of the Government of India and the NSCN are pleased with the progress that has been made in the course of the visit of the NSCN leaders to New Delhi, during which they met the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Defence Minister and Finance Minister, and in the formal talks held on 21-23 January.

A wide range of substantive issues put up by the NSCN in their proposal were discussed. The NSCN raised issues relating to the distinct identity of the Nagas and their stand on the unification of Naga areas. In this regard the GOI representative clarified that there has been no change in its stand on the scope of negotiations.

There was agreement to continue the formal talks until a lasting settlement is reached. Meanwhile both sides reaffirmed the need for a peaceful, violence-free environment."

Statement by T.Muivah, general secretary of the NSCN:

"Following three days of formal negotiations, the representatives of the Government of India and the NSCN signed a Joint Communique in which it was announced that formal talks will continue, until a lasting agreement is reached.

We are pleased with the progress that has been made in these talks. Many substantive issues were discussed, and the understanding of these issues is increasing.

We raised our serious concern at press reports alleging that assurances were given to the Chief Minister of Manipur in New Delhi on 21 January with regard to the Naga stand on the unification of Naga areas. In response to our  concerns, the Government of India Representative formally clarified as stated in the Joint Comminique that "There has been no change (in the GOI's) stand on the scope of negotiations." The scope of these ongoing negotiations, which have always been unconditional, comprise all matters contained in the NSCN proposal of Spetember 2001, including the unification of all Naga areas. The matter has been clarified to our satisfaction, as we understand that no assurances were given to anyone in respect to the substance of the negotiations.

Both parties agree on the importance of continuing the negotiation process until a lasting agreement is reached. We are aware that many obstacles will continue to be placed in our way by those who are opposed to the peace process. We will need patience and determination to overcome them, keeping always the interests and aspirations of our people as our beacon."

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