GUWAHATI, Dec 11 � Talks between the Government of India and National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) are going on at the positive spirit and right direction, asserted senior leader of the outfit, R H Raising.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Raising, who is also the Kilo Kilonser (Home Minister) of the Government of People�s Republic of Nagalim of the NSCN, said that the process of talks were in the right track, but he refused to divulge what the Government of India has offered the outfit.
Raising admitted that it is too early to say as to when a formal accord would be signed between the Government and the NSCN. He said that the NSCN was doing its �level best� to find early and amicable solution to the conflicts and the ball is now in the court of the Government of India.
Commenting on the allegations that the NSCN was intruding into the territories of other states, claimed that they did not intrude into other�s territories. The others are in fact intruding into the territories of the Naga people. There is no reason for others to comment on the Indo-Naga talks, he asserted.
The NSCN leader said that the process of rehabilitation of the cadres of the outfit would start after restoration of peace. He pointed out that signing of a cease-fire agreement does not mean restoration of permanent peace. Cease-fire agreement is only a part of the process to restore peace, he added.
Raising refused to comment on whether the NSCN(K) would also start the process of talks. He said that the NSCN (K) is a breakaway faction which did not represent the hopes and aspirations of the Naga people. He asserted that the NSCN (I-M) is an organization based on principles, which represents the aspirations of the Naga people.
The NSCN leader said that they would be ready to extend helping hand to any militant outfit which comes forward to solve their problems through negotiations. He said that the NSCN believes in solution of any problem through negotiation. However, he said that talk with any militant group should be held on mutual respect and recognition of the rights.
It may be mentioned here that confusing media reports on the progress of talks with the NSCN created confusion in the minds of the people of the region as it was reported in a section of the media that the Centre offered creation of a �supra state�. But Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, during his recent visit to Manipur, clarified that there is no proposal to create �supra state�.