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Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has said that he is aware of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Manipur and that they are in communication.
While speaking on the sideline after the inauguration programme of the Northern Angami Mechü Ki at Chiephobozou village in Nagaland, the CM said that some issues need to be discussed between Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh and the Union Home Minister.
“I am aware, and we are in touch. There are some discussions which need to be addressed,” Rio said.
The insurgent group NSCN-IM’s key demand is to integrate the Naga-inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur, which has been strongly opposed by the three states, currently ruled by the BJP.
Amit Shah, who is a key strategist of the BJP, will look into viable solutions for the culturally rich Northeast region.
Rio also stated that a meeting for the Chief Ministers of all concerned states could be held, under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
“Well, if that is necessary under the guidance of the Home Minister, we may do so,” he said.
The vexed Nagaland Peace Accord might take centre-stage in the discussion, NSCN-IM has been engaged with peace talks with the interlocutor of the central government since 1997 when it announced a ceasefire agreement after a bloody insurgency movement which started in Nagaland soon after the country’s Independence.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)