Kohima, March 9: The Central Government and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) have resumed talks after a gap of couple of months.
Sources said informal talks have started to break the stalemate, and the next round of talk is scheduled for Wednesday in New Delhi.
While the Government of India maintains that the talks are in an advanced stage, the NSCN (Isak Muivah) said the issue of flag and constitution are core demand to ink the final agreement.
While the Centre has ruled out granting of separate flag and constitution for Nagaland (Nagalim), the NSCN (IM) insists that there can be no agreement without these two key demands.
After severing tie with Centre’s interlocutor and Governor, R N Ravi, currently the NSCN (IM) led by its general secretary, Thiungaleng Muiah is having talks with senior officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) deputed by the Union Government.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswas have also been assigned with the task to convince the NSCN (IM) leadership to accept what the Union Government is offering.
A senior NSCN (IM) functionary said there have been differences in the interpretation of the Framework Agreement by the Government of India and the NSCN (IM).
But observing the political language of the Government of India and its representative Ravi; any solution is ublikely to be above the Nagaland State. Lately the Centre’s interlocutor has been reinforcing 16 Point Agreement vis-à-vis Nagaland statehood.
In a bid to break the impasse, the Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) has urged the State Government to take a delegation of Naga MLAs to New Delhi and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “As a follow up on four point resolution adopted by the Nagaland
Legislative Assembly on the Indo-Naga political issue on February 18, 2021, the undersigned request you to arrange appointment for delegation of elected members led by you to meet Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sh. Narendra Modi and Hon’ble Union Home Minister, Sh. Amit Shah,” former CM and Leader of the Opposition, T R Zeliang had wrote to Chief Minister Rio recently.
Zeliang said the proposal was made with the intention of apprising the two Central leaders on the four-point resolution for an early solution to the Naga political problem.
(Page News Service)