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Talks with NSCN (I-M) to continue

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, JUNE 19. The ruling United Progressive Alliance Government today decided to continue negotiations with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) leaders that began during the previous Government.

The decision was taken after the Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, reviewed the law and order and security situation in the State. This was done in the context of the current situation in the State after the implementation of the ceasefire and the progress of negotiations held so far with the leaders of the NSCN (I-M) on the charter of demands submitted by them, an official release said here. The ceasefire came into being during 1997 when the United Front Government was in power and had been extended periodically.

Besides Mr. Patil, the meeting was attended by the National Security Adviser, J.N. Dixit, the Chief of the Army Staff, General N.C. Vij, the Centre's representative for Naga Peace Talks, K. Padmanabhaiah, the Union Home Secretary, Anil Baijal, the Foreign Secretary, Shashank, the Secretary of the Research and Analysis Wing, Director of Intelligence Bureau, and other officials of the Home Ministry.

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