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Naga peace talks hit roadblock as NSCN (IM) adamant on flag, constitution

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By IANS Updated: Oct 22, 2021 9:07 pm
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New Delhi, Oct. 22 (IANS): The Centre has resumed the Naga peace talks with the NSCN (IM) leaders, but negotiations have faced roadblocks as the Naga leaders are adamant in their main demands for a separate Constitution and flag.

The sources aware of these developments said that the Centre was hopeful that a successful solution of the six decades-long peace talks would arrive at a logical conclusion, but in the recent statements Naga leaders have accused the Centre for offering post-solution options.

Sources quoting the stand of Naga leaders, said that NSCN (IM)’s stand was loud and clear that it would not follow the forbidden route to the Naga solution that was linked to foregoing the Naga national flag and Constitution, which is the face of the Naga political struggle and identity.

The Naga leaders have also said that the Centre has been using divisive policy and flattery in the name of finding the Naga political solution when the matters heated up.

When the Centre resumed the peace process in September this year and sent the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) A.K. Mishra as the Ministry of Home Affairs’ emissary to the group’s chief negotiator and General Secretary Th Muivah, he assured him (Muivah) that the peace talks would be initiated under the original framework signed in 2015, a source in the Naga rebel group said.

“Here we are talking about the Naga national flag and Yehzabo (Constitution), the two issues that are holding up the Naga solution under the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks in Delhi.

“The chequered history of the Indo-Naga political issue is clear enough before us, with accords and agreements that were never meant to be implemented in letter and spirit,” an important office-bearer of the group said while criticising the government’s stand.

He further accused the Centre of persuading the Naga people again to accept whatever is being offered to hurry up the Naga talk.

On invitation of the Centre, the senior leaders of the NSCN (IM) including Muivah arrived in the national capital on October 6 this year to hold another round of talks with the Centre.

Both, the Centre and the Naga leaders had indicated their keenness on resolving this long-pending issue by the end of this year in an amicable manner.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma, who is also chairman of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had been actively involved in the resumption of the peace talks and taking it forward to a logical conclusion.

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By IANS Updated: Oct 22, 2021 9:07:14 pm