DIMAPUR, Aug 2 � A series of informal talks is going on between the Government of India and the NSCN � led by Isak Chsi Swu and Thuigaleng Muivah � in New Delhi. However, formal talks will begin only after a week or so, according to sources in New Delhi.
Former military chief of the NSCN-IM VS Atem, however informed Newmai News this evening that formal talks will begin any time soon. �We have made a lot of progress and the dialogue is in a crucial stage,� Atem disclosed.
When queried about the likely time for inking the agreement between New Delhi and the NSCN-IM, Atem said that it would be very difficult to predict such a thing. �I can only say that the talk is going well and has reached a crucial stage,� said the NSCN-IM leader.
Meanwhile, 60 legislators of Nagaland are set to go to New Delhi next week to apprise the Central leaders on the vexed Naga political problem.
It may be noted here that rallies will be held under the aegis of the Naga Hoho and the Eastern Naga Peoples� Organisation (ENPO) in later part of this month in all the �Naga areas� to urge for early settlement of the Indo-Naga conflict. Moreover, churches in �Naga areas� are also planning to conduct special prayers for the early settlement of the vexed problem.
Amid this development, the SS Khaplang-led NSCN had stated a few days ago that �only sovereignty for the Nagas� will be accepted.
The �official declaration� signed by chairman of the NSCN-K SS Khaplang which was made available to Newmai News Network on July 30 said, �With regard to the possible political solution within the Indian Constitution, the NSCN/GPRN (NSCN-K) will reject it unless it is a sovereignty of the Nagas.�
Reacting to this declaration, former NSCN-IM �home minister� Rh Raising told NNN that �"all are for the Naga sovereignty�.
Rh Raising seems to be commenting on tactical and strategical point of view which was to mean that any agreement minus Naga sovereignty will always be considered as an interim arrangement.
It is worthwhile to note that outgoing Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had told the media on Tuesday in New Delhi that the talks between the NSCN-IM and New Delhi had reached a �sensitive stage�.