Naga leaders agree for 'mutually acceptable' settlement with Centre

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New Delhi, Jan 24 (ANI): Leaders of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) Isak Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah have agreed to work out a 'mutually acceptable' settlement with the Central Government to resolve their differences.

Coming as a landmark breakthrough in the ongoing peace talks, the NSCN-IM leadership also accepted the Indian passports for the first time from the Central Government.

Addressing a massive gathering of Naga activists, students and leaders here, Isak Swu publicly appreciated the central government's efforts to formulate a just settlement of the simmering issue.

"We acknowledge the positive attitude and the effort of the Indian government for creating such a conducive atmosphere. On our part, true to our commitment given to the Indian leaders, we are prepared to work out what is an honourable and mutually acceptable to both sides for a just and lasting solution," said Swu.

Swu also urged the Naga people to unite and rise above the shackles of social divides to promote progress and peace in Nagaland.

"The forces to destroy and divide the Nagas will always be there. But if the people understand the issue and love their land, we can always prevail upon these destructive forces. It is my firm conviction that despite our differences and past mistakes, we should be truthful to God and sincere in our approach for a genuine reconciliation," said Swu.

Asserting that both Naga leaders and the Central Government were genuinely interested in restoring normalcy in ties, Muivah, general secretary of NSCN-IM, said that progress had indeed been made.

"Now, I believe that progress has been made. Because the government of India has understood us. So, something positive can be expected, there is no doubt about it. I think every sensible person will agree with me. We have made our position very clear to the government of India," said Muivah.

The NSCN-IM has been demanding the creation of a separate state called 'Greater Nagaland,' comprising Naga-dominated areas of northeastern states.

However, the Indian government had always rejected this demand, saying that other ethnic groups living in the adjacent provinces are not ready to part any with territory. (ANI)

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