Border Commission on Centre's mind
Source: The Sangai Express

New Delhi, June 07: The Centre is examining the possibility of setting up a border commission for Naga inhabited areas, but will most probably approach Manipur and Assam informally before making any moves on this controversial front.

After 12 rounds of talks between the Naga ministerial delegation led by TH Muivah and a three-member central delegation led by Oscar Fernandes, the negotiations have reached a stalemate.

The Centre had decided to first address issues where a compromise was possible, leaving tricky issues like integration of Naga inhabited areas for the last.

But the Naga delegation has insisted that their main demands be addressed first.

To break this deadlock, the Centre is considering setting up a border commission.

But setting up such a commission is wrought with pitfalls.

The issue of integrating Naga inhabited areas has been strongly opposed in Manipur and Assam.

The Centre has decided to engage Assam and Manipur at informal level first, as well as at bureaucratic and political level to gauge the reaction of the people in the two states.

According to sources the next round of talks with the Nagas will begin after the process of informal consultation with Assam and Manipur has started.