Pillai fails to convince Muivah to review his proposed visit
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, May 12 2010: Talks between Centre and NSCN-IM today over the proposed visit of Th Muivah to his birthplace in the state failed to make any headway as the rebel group remaining firm to the proposed visit of its leader even though Centre reportedly sought more time.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai and Centre's interlocutor for Naga talks R S Pandey, accompanied by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio met Muivah at Viswema village near the Nagaland-Manipur border, where he has been camping since May 5 enroute to Somdal village, and held a closed-door meeting to break the impasse, agency reports said.

In an attempt to find a compromise, Home Secretary GK Pillai met Muivah in Nagaland near the Manipur border today morning, along with the chief minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio.

Any solution could reach in the meeting.

Pillai with Pandey had already held discussion with state Chief Minister, O Ibobi yesterday before the holding meeting with the rebel leader.

The meeting attempted to break the deadlock has failed as state government stick to its decision not to allow Muivah to enter in the state.

Pillai met Ibobi and other senior Manipur officials on Tuesday and discussed the crisis for about three hours.

But the Ibobi made it clear that it could not allow Muivah to enter the state unless the Naga militants dropped the demand of creation of "Greater Nagalim".

Greater Nagalim is the NSCN-IM's concept of a unified Naga homeland comprising Naga-inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Myanmar besides Nagaland.

Manipur stands to lose four hill districts if Greater Nagalim becomes a reality.

Confirming the meeting between Pillai and Muivah, a senior NSCN (IM) leader VS Atem was quoted as saying that they (NSCN (IM) leaders) had a meeting with Pillai but there was no breakthrough.

"The Government of India seems to be unable to take its stand.

They will say something here and something else there.

We're very much disappointed," the agency reported as saying by Atem.

The Centre had earlier advised Muivah to air-dash to his native village but he declined insisting that he will travel by road.

Protests from Manipur sealing of the inter-state border forced a change in his itinerary besides claiming three lives in resultant violence in Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur.