NSCN expresses satisfaction over talks with Centre

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Dimapur, Mar 26 (ANI): The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM) has expressed satisfaction over the first round of talks with Centre.

NSCN (IM) General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah held a series of meetings with Centre's new interlocutor R S Pandey in an undisclosed place in New Delhi.

Visiting Dimapur after the talks, Muivah described the talks as fruitful.

"We had serious meetings with them. Prime Minister is also committed and I believe in his sincerity. The Home Minister P Chidambaram is also committed. I believe they are committed to finding our negotiated syndrome," Muivah said.

It was reported that the meeting witnessed more of an informal discussion over various issues than the actual position of both the sides on the ground.

During the meeting the NSCN had submitted a list of 30 demands that include sovereignty for Nagaland and unification of all Naga-dominated areas of neighbouring states.

On the other hand, reportedly, Pandey conveyed to the Naga leaders that there was no possibility of sovereignty for Nagaland and the talks could be held around "grant of more autonomy".

During their stay in New Delhi, the Naga leaders paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Muivah had last visited India in December 2006 and held talks with government leaders. A ceasefire was agreed upon with NSCN (IM) in August 1997.(ANI)

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