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Another round of Govt-NSCN talk fails to break impasse


Kohima, October 14: For the second time in a row, the Union Government and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) on Monday held crucial talk to break the stalemate over Naga flag and Constitution but failed to break the impasse.
The Government’s side was represented by its Interlocutor and Governor of Nagaland, R N Ravi and the NSCN was represented by its Chairman, Q. Tuccu and Chief Negotiator and General Secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah.
Last week the two entities failed to break the ice as both stood their grounds on flag and the constitution; the core demand of the NSCN.
NSCN insider said they are not demanding but asking the Government of India to recognize the Naga National flag and its constitution.
“We are not demanding. We are asking the Government of India to recognize our flag and constitution,” a senior NSCN member said.
According to various sources, New Delhi was not in a position to concede to the Nagas’ demand but the NSCN reiterated that they will not ink the final pact till their demands are met. The Naga group has flayed the Government of India for backtracking from earlier commitments and cautioned that they are ready to face any eventuality in the event of collapse of the talks.
“We are ready to face eventualities,” said a senior NSCN member.
Sources said there was no breakthrough in today’s talk and the impasse continues.
Sources added that the NSCN leaders are likely to return to Nagaland for further consultations with the Naga people on the issue.
The NSCN has climbed down from sovereignty and integration to supra-state/supranational arrangement for the time being. But the outfit was of the observation that the Union Government was backtracking from the commitments to hammer out an honourable and acceptable solution.
The other groups who are engaged in negotiations said they are ready to sign the agreement and slammed the NSCN for being rigid in their demand.
After parleys with the NSCN, Ravi will meet a cluster of Naga civil organizations and churches to seek their opinions on the peace process.
The Governor has invited 14 Naga tribes, stakeholders and the church to attend the meeting on October 18 at Japfu Hotel. The 14 Naga tribes have asked the Naga groups to accept the offer of the Union Government at this juncture and pursue for the unfinished business. But the tribes, so far, have not talked who would pursue the remaining political business with the Union Government after the Naga underground groups lay down their guns.
It is also understood that Ravi is in a hurry to meet the deadline set by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to conclude the Naga peace process in three month’s time.
The Naga National Council (NNC) groups and the NSCN (K) are not part of the ongoing peace process.
(Page News Service)