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Peace talks must be result-oriented: Rijiju

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BANGKOK, June 29 � India�s northeastern region will gradually witness a sea change with the new government committed to finding a solution to the militancy issue, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said here, noting that peace talks will henceforth be action-oriented, reports PTI.

Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, said several militant groups had sent feelers that they were keen to come overground and hold talks. �Some militant groups are likely to surrender in the coming months, you will see,� Rijiju said here. He, however, did not elaborate.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, where he was leading an Indian delegation.

The minister who has been given charge of the northeastern region, emphasised that he wanted talks to be focused on reaching a solution.

�I want action-oriented talks. I want a solution, and don�t want to see the talks drag on for ever. The talks with the militant groups have to be comprehensive,� he said.

Rijiju observed that a mechanism had to be worked out to hold result-oriented talks. �We don�t want a scenario where there is a short ceasefire during the talks and the militants regroup and become stronger in the jungles, in the event the talks fail.�

He was of the view that the interlocutor at the talks had to be empowered. �When an interlocutor talks with militants he has no mandate to talk to other civil societies. He must be empowered to look at the trail of the activities of various organisations linked to these groups, who all they are associated with,� he said.

The minister said officials had already been told to prepare and initiate dialogues. �I have asked them to give me status of talks so far,� he said.

�With ULFA (in Assam) and NSCN (in Nagaland) we need a little more time to bring them on board and find a solution,� he acknowledged.

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Peace talks must be result-oriented: Rijiju

BANGKOK, June 29 � India�s northeastern region will gradually witness a sea change with the new government committed to finding a solution to the militancy issue, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said here, noting that peace talks will henceforth be action-oriented, reports PTI.

Rijiju, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, said several militant groups had sent feelers that they were keen to come overground and hold talks. �Some militant groups are likely to surrender in the coming months, you will see,� Rijiju said here. He, however, did not elaborate.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, where he was leading an Indian delegation.

The minister who has been given charge of the northeastern region, emphasised that he wanted talks to be focused on reaching a solution.

�I want action-oriented talks. I want a solution, and don�t want to see the talks drag on for ever. The talks with the militant groups have to be comprehensive,� he said.

Rijiju observed that a mechanism had to be worked out to hold result-oriented talks. �We don�t want a scenario where there is a short ceasefire during the talks and the militants regroup and become stronger in the jungles, in the event the talks fail.�

He was of the view that the interlocutor at the talks had to be empowered. �When an interlocutor talks with militants he has no mandate to talk to other civil societies. He must be empowered to look at the trail of the activities of various organisations linked to these groups, who all they are associated with,� he said.

The minister said officials had already been told to prepare and initiate dialogues. �I have asked them to give me status of talks so far,� he said.

�With ULFA (in Assam) and NSCN (in Nagaland) we need a little more time to bring them on board and find a solution,� he acknowledged.

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