Sources said that Rijiju had assured the KNO leader to engage in the political dialogue soon. “Yes, we got a positive response from the Union Minister of State for Home in this regard”, disclosed a well-placed source in the KNO.
The meeting between the KNO leader and the Union Minister was the first after the NDA came to power. The current term of Suspension of Operation (SoO) ends on August 22.
“We have decided to give at least one year to the new government”, stated the KNO source, adding, “We will be definitely signing for the extension of the SoO on August 22”.
According to the sources, the KNO Defence Secretary TS Haokip highlighted the failures of the previous UPA Government in implementing its assurances to the KNO. Haokip met Kiren Rijiju at South Block, New Delhi on August 16.
The response of the Minister of State for Home was positive. “He agreed that SoO should not be an end in itself; that Government should be accountable and engage KNO in an honourable and meaningful dialogue to find an amicable political solution within
the Constitutional framework of India”, the sources added.
Appointment of the Government’s interlocutor was also discussed. The KNO sources said that the Kuki public and the cadres have become very impatient as no political dialogue has been started even though the SoO was signed way back in 2008, the KNO sources stated.
Source: Newmai News