CM Neiphiu Rio

The peace talks between the Centre and Naga rebel outfits including NSCN (IM) have reached an important stage, said Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has said.

Chief minister Rio on Wednesday said that he is hopeful of an early resolution to the decades-old Naga political issue.

He said the Nagas continue to earnestly wait for a solution adding that the state’s elected leaders have come together to form an Opposition-less government (United Democratic Alliance) to facilitate an early settlement of the problem.

“Through this united front, we aim to convey the voice of the people to all stakeholders involved in the negotiations,” HT quoted Rio as saying.

He said Nagaland achieved statehood close to six decades earlier and the quality of life of its people has improved significantly since.

“…despite achievements in various fields, a lot remains to be done. The government is committed to taking necessary steps for all-around development and to ensure that people are provided with the best opportunities for growth and progress,” Rio said.

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