NSCN-IM begins talks with Centre

KOHIMA, 10th Oct: In an attempt to break the stalemate, Union Government and National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) have begun talks in New Delhi.
According to a source, there was an informal talk between the Government and the NSCN (IM) on Thursday and formal talks will be held tomorrow (Friday) where Centre’s Interlocutor R N Ravi will lead the Government team while Thuingaleng Muivah, a chief negotiator, will lead the Naga team.
The source said that NSCN (IM) chairman Q Tuccu and general secretary Muivah have been camping in New Delhi for the last couple of days to resume the official talks with the Government.
The NSCN (IM) is now demanding a separate flag and the Constitution before inking a final agreement but the Union government has not officially commented on the demands of the Naga outfit.
After negotiating for 22 years, NSCN (IM) dropped their core issues like sovereignty and integration of contiguous Naga areas under one administrative unit. They are now saying that without a separate flag and a constitution they will not sign a final agreement. According to various sources, Union Government has offered a territorial council for Nagas of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. But both Union Government and NSCN (IM) have not disclosed the details of the agreed points, except the political arrangements. The seven Naga groups which are also engaged in a political negotiation with the Government said they are prepared to sign a final pact but so far no details have come out in public domain except on the Article 371A of the Constitution of India.
At least three NNC groups and NSCN (K) are not part of the peace process. But some Naga organisations and tribal bodies have been putting maximum pressure on the negotiating Naga groups to sign a final agreement despite the fact, without knowing the contents of the talks.
Lately views and opinions have been pouring in from various quarters expressing doubts and apprehension about the impending solution as this could lead to repeating the history. _Nagaland Page


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