CMO clarifies on ‘integration not possible’ report

CMO clarifies on ‘integration not possible’ report
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Dimapur, June 14: Reacting to the news report that appeared in certain sections of the national and local media on June 12 & 13 quoting Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio as saying that integration of Naga inhabited areas is not possible, the Chief Minister’s Office, Nagaland has clarified that the CM has relayed to the media what was discussed in a meeting of State delegation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on June 12 last and hence should not be taken otherwise.
“The Chief Minister only relayed to the media what had been discussed in the meeting. Hence, it cannot and should not be taken as an admission by the Chief Minister or the State Government in any manner whatsoever since the State Government is not a direct party to the talks nor privy to the ongoing negotiations between the GoI and the Naga Political Groups,” said a rejoinder issued by the media cell, CMO Nagaland.
The rejoinder said a delegation of elected members and officials of Nagaland State Government led by the Chief Minister called on Rajnath Singh on June 12, wherein a wide number of issues pertaining to the State were discussed. Among the discussions, the ongoing Naga political issue and the peace process were also discussed.
It was conveyed to the delegation that since integration of contiguous Naga inhabited areas would involve the neighbouring States where Nagas are settled, such integration would not be possible unless it is mutually agreed to by the neighbouring States in question. This was the point of discussion between the Union Home Minister and the delegation, the CMO said, adding the CM only relayed to the media what had been discussed in the meeting.
Stating that dialogue has been going on for the last 21 years and therefore, the Chief Minister echoed the desire of the Nagas for an early, lasting, honourable and inclusive settlement, the CMO said on its part, the State Government is making all possible efforts for creation of a conducive atmosphere in its role of being an active facilitator to the ongoing peace process. (Page News Service)