DIMAPUR, June 20 � The formal talks between the Government of India and NSCN-IM will resume in New Delhi on Tuesday. However, this time round, the NSCN-IM is far from upbeat on the talks.
�I don�t think the Government of India is going to come with a positive frame,� rues VS Atem. Talking to Newmai News Network last evening over phone, Atem was not optimistic about the outcome of the talks and said, �Informal talks have been going on for the last few days in New Delhi but you know the Government of India, I don�t think, will come with a positive frame.�
Atem is the former �chief of the army staff� of the NSCN-IM�s armed wing. At present he holds the post of convenor of the outfit�s Steering Committee which is the highest decision making body of the NSCN-IM.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that leaders of NSCN-IM from Nagaland have been camping in New Delhi in the last few days to participate in the June 21 talks. The report said that the talks were slated to begin from June 18 but had to be postponed to Tuesday due to inevitable reasons.
There have been nearly seventy rounds of talks between the NSCN-IM and New Delhi but no concrete outcome has been witnessed. In recent years, instead of the talks with New Delhi, the conclaves of reconciliation among the various Naga underground organisations have been in the news headlines. The reconciliation programmes initiated by Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has been responsible for decreasing number of cases of violence in Nagaland in the last three years.