Modi holds talks with Naga tribes

The Centre on Friday renewed efforts to breathe air into the stalled peace talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting leaders of the apex body of Naga tribes.

A six-member delegation of “Naga Hoho” led by its president Chuba Ozukum met Modi against the backdrop of the Army carrying out a cross-border surgical strike in Myanmar to hunt down NSCN(K) militants.

The delegation “emphasised their commitment to peace” in the North-East, while appreciating “the prime minister’s vision” of development of the region, a PMO statement said.

The NSCN(K), which ambushed the Army in Manipur on June 4 killing 18 soldiers, had recently criticised Naga Hoho for holding talks with rival NSCN(IM)–which has a ceasefire agreement with India.

The Naga Hoho, which is for a peaceful solution to the Naga problem, attended the Naga Consultative Meet hosted by NSCN (IM) in Bangkok.

In the meeting, the NSCN(IM) had sought views of various Naga tribes about a final settlement of the Naga political problem with the Centre.

The NSCN(K), which had walked out a ceasefire agreement with the Centre recently, had termed the meeting “nonsensical”, saying they were supporting the ongoing talks without knowing what was being targeted. A senior official said the meeting with Naga delegation shows the Modi government’s resolve to “re-ignite” the peace talks and find a “lasting solution” to the long-pending issue. The peace talks, which started in the late 1990s, have slowed down.

Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is travelling to Myanmar for a two-day visit, starting June 16, to seek support for tackling the North-East insurgents holed up in that country.

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