DIMAPUR, JUNE 1: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has refused to play the role of mediator in the Indo-Naga talks which have run into rough weather once again.
On May 28, the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue and top NSCN (IM) leaders had decided to persuade Sarma “to communicate on behalf of the Government of India and the Naga people”.
According to Member Secretary of the Core Committee, Neiba Krono, even the NSCN (IM) was okay with the proposed involvement of the Assam Chief Minister.
But on Wednesday, Sarma categorically snubbed the offer. According to an ANI report, he cited the complex nature of the issue.
“I don’t think that I can mediate such a big issue because this is a very complex issue. Government of India has already nominated Mr. (AK) Mishra to negotiate with NSCN (IM) and to find out a solution which is acceptable to everyone”, he said.
Sarma, who is also the Convenor of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), maintained that the political leadership of BJP, NDPP and NPF “keep on talking because all of us are within the NEDA”.
“So, my role is limited only to interacting with our NEDA partners and not beyond”, he maintained.
Here in Nagaland, the proposal to rope in Sarma to communicate on behalf of the Government of India “and the Naga people” had raised many an eyebrow.
(Page News Service)