Kohima, November 19: The final Indo-Naga agreement is likely to be delayed again as the Union Government and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) are yet to finalize the competencies.
The much expected solution will not be before Christmas as expected and reported earlier, as the two entities will have to meticulously work on the agreed competencies before inking the final agreement.
The Government of India and the NSCN have not officially disclosed the competencies, but there were reports of granting autonomy to Nagas of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Sources said solution will not be before this Christmas and would be delayed by couple of months as the two negotiating parties are working on agreed competencies so as to avoid complications in the future. But it is understood that NSCN does not want to repeat history where Government either backtracked or failed to implement the agreed points in totality.
NSCN insider said they are minutely analyzing the agreed competencies and would take some time, adding solution is expected by early 2020.
Also statements coming out from the Centre’s Interlocutor have not been consistent and often contradict, which has generated apprehension not only with the NSCN but even amongst the public.
According to a source, there are some contentious issues to be finalized before signing the final agreement.
The Centre is also having consultations with neighbouring states so that the final agreement does not create mayhem in neighbouring states.
Meanwhile, the Centre on Tuesday said the governments of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted before the final settlement of the decades-old Naga insurgency problem.
Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy told the Lok Sabha that there has been considerable progress in the ongoing Naga peace talks and almost all the Naga underground groups are engaged with the Central government in the peace process.
“All stakeholders, including the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, will be duly consulted before any settlement is arrived at with the Naga groups and their concerns taken into consideration,” he said, replying to a written question. (Page News Service/PTI)