Heated exchange of words in peace talks

DIMAPUR, 11th Oct: Talks between the NSCN-IM and the government of India resumed on a rocky note in New Delhi on Thursday.
A source in the NSCN-IM disclosed that there were heated arguments between the two sides over the Naga flag and constitution in the latest round of talks.
The talks resumed in the national capital after nearly two months as the NSCN leadership returned to Nagaland accusing the government of India’s interlocutor RN Ravi of being “capricious and bossy” during the talks in August.
The NSCN leadership spent the last two months at its council headquarters in Hebron and held a series of consultations with Naga civil society organisations before going back to Delhi on October 3 to resume the talks.
Thursday’s talks, however, were inconclusive and the NSCN-IM has asked the Centre to explain the meaning of “inclusiveness” in the next formal talks, the source said.
Governor RN Ravi, who is also the interlocutor of the peace talks, on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and had a closed-door discussion.
While there was no briefing on Ravi’s meeting with the PM, it is presumed that the peace broker on the Naga issue may have discussed about the demands of NSCN-IM with the PM. Meanwhile, quoting reliable sources, Nagaland Post reported that issue of NSCN (I-M)’s demand for separate Naga national Flag and Constitution dominated the formal meeting. Both the parties failed to break the deadlock regarding the demand even after several hours of discourse. When contacted, NSCN (I-M) source confirmed that both Government of India and NSCN have maintained their respective stand regarding the latter’s demand for separate Naga national flag and Constitution, the daily mentions.
The source said NSCN (I-M) would not compromise on the issue, adding that Naga national flag and constitution were “legitimate rights” of the Nagas. Asked about the group’s position regarding the three-month deadline to conclude the Naga Peace Talks, the source refused to comment, but said NSCN was committed to solve the Naga issue at the earliest. It may be mentioned that Ravi in the month of July this year had expressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s desire to conclude the Talk within three months.
Whatever maybe the outcome, there is no denying that there is a huge pressure from the Naga public, tribal hohos and civil society organisations to conclude the decades-old Naga political issue, which has taken a tremendous toll on the common public – physically, mentally and economically, it maintained.
(Courtesy: Nagaland Today & Nagaland Post)

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