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Core committee on Naga political issue meets to discuss way forward

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Nov 09, 2021 8:52 pm

Plans to meet leaders of NSCN (IM) and WC NNPG soon

Our Reporter

Dimapur, Nov. 9 (EMN): The Core Committee of the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue held a meeting at the residence of Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, at Sovima in Dimapur on Tuesday.

The meeting, which started at 3 pm and lasted for around two hours, was attended by several legislators like Deputy CM Y Patton; Minister for Health and Family Welfare S Pangnyu Phom; Advisor for Information Technology and Communication, Science and Technology, New and Renewable Energy Mmhonlumo Kikon; Minister for Planning and Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu and others.

Interacting with journalists after the meeting, Mmhonlumo Kikon said that they have had several meetings in Delhi with the leaders of various organisations of Nagaland and also with government of India representatives in the past.

‘After returning from Delhi, today (Tuesday) is the first meeting of the Parliamentary Core Committee where they reviewed their discussions and meetings in the past and the way forward,’ he shared.

Kikon also informed that they are planning to meet the leaders of the NSCN (IM) and Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (WC NNPG) to discuss what they had already shared in the past and some new insights.

He added that they would contact them so that they could meet them within the next one week.

The advisor added that the Parliamentary Core Committee is a facilitator to ensure the ‘cry of the people’ is put on the table while holding talks with various entities.

While replying to a query regarding the issues raised by both the NSCN (IM) and WC NNPG on forming a Parliamentary Core Committee as a facilitator on Naga political issue, Kikon said that they had discussed the issue raised; however, he said that the core committee would not respond to the issues through the press but instead meet and discuss with them if there is any issue to be discussed or clarified.

When asked if the demand for a separate Naga national flag and Constitution was stalling the solution to the lingering problem, Kikon said that the ‘issue is not in the hands of the government of Nagaland’ but between the negotiating parties. However, being facilitators, they will be ‘listening and discussing, and also give their suggestions,’ he said.

When asked if an honourable solution to the peace process was around the corner, Kikon said that negotiations of this nature would take its own time. However, he said that it was their ‘hope and prayer’ to have an early solution.

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Nov 09, 2021 8:52:02 pm