KOHIMA, OCTOBER 21: A ray of hope is dawning on the horizon as the ongoing peace process is expected to cross the core barrier in the coming couple of days.
The Naga talks have been deadlocked over the issue of Naga flag and the constitution but according to a report the Union Government and National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) are expected to break the impasse and take the peace process forward.
This development is taking place against the backdrop of the Centre assigning Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and a senior Minister in Assam Government, Himanta Biswa Sarma and its new emissaries. They are presently camping at the national capital meeting Indian policymakers, including Home Minister, Amit Shah. The Home Minister has reportedly conveyed Centre’s position on NSCN (IM)’s demand for a separate flag and constitution.
Rio and Biswas have reportedly met NSCN (IM) leaders, led by chief negotiator, Thuingaleng Muivah, and conveyed the decision of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The meeting of Centre’s emissaries and NSCN (IM) leadership yesterday at New Delhi is understood to have circled around the flag and constitution but no official statement has come out from the closed-door meeting.
Parleys between the Union Government’s representatives and NSCN (IM) are being held on daily basis, in an effort to break the deadlock and accelerate the peace process. But unable to break the ice, the Centre recently assigned the task to Rio and Biswas, which is supposedly yielding positive result.
Leader of the Opposition, T R Zeliang is also said to be in New Delhi meeting Indian leaders. Recently the opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) formed a Political Affairs Mission (PAM), and has been meeting Naga underground groups and civil society organisations and tribal hohos in an attempt to bring all groups and organizations to a common platform.
A source said Prime Minister’s office has been closely monitoring the status of the negotiations.
Ostensibly even if the negotiating parties could break the deadlock there would be much more ground works to be done before the final landing. There are also reports doing the round that competencies have been almost finalized and now discussions are underway for effective implementation. The Union Government is likely to constitute a joint committee to implement the competencies.
So far the negotiating parties have not disclosed the contents of the competencies. (Page News Service)