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Centre-NSCN (IM) holds talks to break impasse in peace process

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KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 1: The Central Government and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) are making all attempts to break the current impasse so that a final agreement could be inked this year.
According to several sources, including from the NSCN (Isak-Muivah), talks between the two sides are being held on a daily basis to thaw the ice and give impetus to the talks so that solution could be worked out at the earliest.
Sources said the Union Government wants to sign the agreement by this year.
Currently the fast-track channel, headed by officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) are sitting across the negotiating table with the NSCN (IM), led by general secretary, Thiungaleng Muivah and assisted by several top brass of the group. The Centre’s representatives reportedly had told the Naga leaders that they wanted to break the stalemate and move forward to find a political solution basing on the August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement.
The NSCN (IM) leaders reportedly told the Indian representatives to honour the statements and assurances of successive Indian Prime Ministers, adding that Nagas will honour the assurances of former Prime Ministers.
The first assurance was given by former Prime Minister, PV Narashimha Rao on June 12, 1995 in Paris: “I believe in political solution. We must solve the problem through political talks and dialogue. We should be patient enough and tolerant in tackling the problem.”
On February 3, 1997, former PM, HD Deve Gowda in Zurich, Switzerland, said, “We believe in peaceful means. We must seek peaceful political solution.”
Later on September 30, 1998, former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Paris said, “I believe in peaceful political solution. Violence and military solution ruled out. We must seek political solution because it is a political issue”.
On December 8, 2002, Vajpayee again said in Osaka, Japan, “We are serious, we must solve the problem by peaceful means. We must have patience.” On January 10, he again said, “The peace process will continue. A new chapter is going to be opened.”
On December 7, 2004, former PM, Dr Manmohan Singh said, “We are equally keen to work out mutually acceptable honourable solution. We will be sincere in tackling the problem. We will give our utmost effort to hammer out an honourable solution. We will explore jointly every possible way to bring solution. Yes it has to be brought mutual discussion and understanding so that solution acceptable to both parties is arrived at”.
On February 9, 2005, he again said, “I have deputed 3 Ministers to talk with you. We are sincere and serious. We could solve the problem. The pattern of relationship should be worked out”. Again on June 24, 2005, he told the NSCN (IM) leaders during their meeting, “We are serious, sincere and have confidence that we could solve the problem through peaceful means. You have to be patient with us. We have started taking every positive step. We do not underrate your issue. This is our assurance”.
Sources said the IB officials and NSCN (IM) are also reviewing the competencies already agreed between the two sides. After the roads are cleared the talks will be held at the political level, an NSCN (IM) insider said.
The NSCN (IM) has castigated the Nagaland Governor and Centre’s Interlocutor for Naga talks, RN Ravi for not only misinterpreting the Framework Agreement, but doctoring it.
Currently there are opinions for and against Ravi as an Interlocutor among different sections of Naga society, including Naga political groups. Other Naga groups engaged in talks with the Union Government insist that Ravi should continue as the Centre’s Interlocutor.
(Page News Service)