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Launching the BSNL mobile telephone service here, he said: ``let the talks continue, let the dialogue proceed, let distances be removed, let confidence be built. Let us together create peace and accelerate development''.
The Prime Minister introduced the service by talking to the Communications Minister, Arun Shourie, in New Delhi in the presence of the Nagaland Governor, Shyamal Datta, the Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, and other dignitaries.
Later Mr. Vajpayee reviewed the political situation and progress of developmental activities in Nagaland in the backdrop of the on-going Naga peace process and the mounting campaign by NGOs for an integrated Naga administrative area.
He held separate meetings with the Governor, the Chief Minister and Ministers accompanied by senior civil and police officials after his arrival at the Raj Bhavan from Dimapur.
The Prime Minister later attended a cultural extravaganza by local tribal groups at a banquet hosted by the Governor.
Mr. Vajpayee earlier arrived here by road after his helicopter failed to land in the capital due to bad weather. Soon after the arrival he left for the Raj Bhavan.
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