Final pact only after consultation with Assam, Manipur & Arunachal: MHA
Dimapur/New Delhi, October 31: The talks between Government of India and the NSCN (IM) achieved a major breakthrough on Thursday with both sides reportedly agreeing to sign a peace accord without a separate Naga constitution and with a “conditional flag”.
The talks have been stalled for some time now over the insistence of the NSCN (IM) to include a separate Naga flag and Constitution in the final Indo-Naga agreement, which the Centre has already declined.
According to reports the impasse over a separate Naga flag and Constitution was broken today and both sides agreed to sign a peace accord without a separate Naga constitution and with a “conditional flag”. The flag can only be allowed for non-governmental purposes.
All hurdles now appear to have been cleared for signing of the final Indo-Naga accord.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and Opposition leader TR Zeliang also congratulated both negotiating team for achieving the breakthrough in the stalled talks.
According to a report in The Hindu, Interlocutor R N Ravi said that discussion to finalize the Naga accord continues and the NSCN (IM) has come on board. He told the newspaper that “the accord has not been finalized yet. Matters are under discussion. NSCN (IM) has come on board”.
The report quoting a senior government official stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised about the latest developments and some kind of agreement with all groups including NSCN (IM) will be signed soon.
At the same time, the Centre also said it is yet to conclude the Indo-Naga talks and will consult all stakeholders including the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh before finalization of any settlement.
In a statement issued Thursday, the Union Home Ministry said that it has come to the government’s notice that lot of rumours and misinformation is being spread in the media including social media that the final Naga settlement has been arrived at and will be announced soon.
“This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country. It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration. No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information,” the statement said.
The central government has already rejected the NSCN-IM’s demand for unification of Naga inhabited areas — located in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The three northeastern states have also vehemently opposed it.
The talks to find a lasting solution to the seven-decade-old insurgency problem in Nagaland continued for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday, with the Centre’s interlocutor and Nagaland Governor R N Ravi holding discussions with the NSCN-IM for more than three hours, officials said.
While the dialogue with the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) is said to be over, talks with the NSCN-IM, a major insurgent group in the Northeast, has been centered on its demands for a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas.
The outcome of Thursday’s meeting is not known immediately.
The talks were convened in Delhi in a bid to iron out differences, particularly on the NSCN-IM’s demands for a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas, which have already been rejected by the Centre. (Page News Service with PTI inputs)
CM, DyCM, Opposition leader congratulates
Dimapur, October 31: Just after the talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) concluded today, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio took to twitter to congratulate R N Ravi, NSCN (IM) and NNPGs for the efforts and sacrifices. He also appreciated the civil societies, mass-based organizations, NGOs, Churches and the Naga people for the support and prayers.
“We extend our deepest appreciation to the negotiating parties of the peace talks for making the historic breakthrough. Thank you Honourable @PMOIndia Shri @narendramodi and @AmitShah for the political will and concern for the #Naga people,” he tweeted.
He further stated that it was a historic moment and an occasion of great joy for all Nagas and the nation as a whole. Peace will now pave the way for genuine progress and true nation-building, he added.
Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton took to twitter and expressed gratitude to everyone for “what we’ve achieved today after all the trying times. “The inking of the solution, that respects our unique history, will bring a new and better dawn for the Indo-Naga future. The #NationalUnityDay couldn’t have been more special,” he tweeted.
“Big day for us as Nagas. Congratulations to PM Shri @narendramodi Ji and HM Shri @AmitShah Ji for taking the long standing Naga issue towards a solution. Congratulations also to Interlocutor & Guv Shri RN Ravi Ji, the leaderships of NSCN (IM), all the NNPGs, and Nagas as a whole,” he further tweeted.
Patton also congratulated former Home Minister and current Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, different civil societies and individuals who played incredible roles “in what we’ve achieved today”.
“The mutual agreement that we’ve arrived today would also not have been possible without the constant attention of @BJP4india WP Shri @JPNadda Ji, Shri @Rammadhavbjp Ji and the NDA government as a whole. My heartfelt congratulations to everyone,” he tweeted.
Leader of Opposition, T R Zeliang said the dream and desire of the Naga people for permanent peace and tranquility in Nagaland would soon become a reality after positive outcome of today’s meeting. Once again big congratulation to all parties involved in bringing about understanding, he tweeted.
Zeliang also congratulated Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah for having the resoluteness to solve the Naga issue. He also congratulated R N Ravi, the interlocutor and the NSCN (IM) and NNPGs for arriving at a mutual understanding. (Page News Service)