Next round of IM talk likely on Sat
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Dimapur, January 24: The next and the crucial round of talks between the NSCN-IM leaders and the Government of India is likely to be held on Saturday.

Highly placed sources from the NSCN-IM set up in Dimapur informed Newmai News Network today that most probably the talks would begin from Saturday and would decide the fate of the cease-fire between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM which has been going on since August 1,1997.The sources said that the duration of the talks may be just two days but can well be extended if the necessities arise.

Meanwhile, editorials in the Nagaland based newspapers have started analysing and speculating the outcome of the proposed next round of talks.

An editorial write up in Nagaland Post in today's edition reminded the public's desire to extend the current term of ceasefire between the GOI and the NSCN-IM after it expires on January 31.Naga NGOs want the current ceasefire term to be extended and bring an early solution.

The Sumi Hoho has today urged for an honourable and early solution of the vexed Naga issue.

The grim fate of the ongoing peace process as perceived by the general public,is due to the NSCN-IM general secretary Thuigaleng Muivah's threat to pull out from the ongoing peace-talk and dump the ceasefire with the Government of India if a solution is not worked out within the current cease fire period.

The NSCN-IM leader had served this ultimatum in an interview with the BBC on November 3 last year at Bangkok.

The venue of the next round of talks has not been disclosed as yet nor the names of those who will be representing the NSCN-IM at the moment.