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GoI-NSCN (IM) talks fail to break impasse; Stalemate persist over separate Naga flag, constitution

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Kohima/New Delhi, October 29: With time ticking fast, hectic parleys continued for the second consecutive day on Tuesday to find a lasting solution to the seven-decade-old insurgency problem in Nagaland with the Centre’s interlocutor and Governor R N Ravi holding separate talks with the NSCN (IM) and a conglomerate of seven organisations, NNPG, officials said.
However, while the dialogue with the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) here is heading for conclusion, the talks with the NSCN (IM) continues to remain inconclusive with the group still resisting the Centre’s pressure to give up their demands for a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas.
NSCN (IM) sources said today’s talk in New Delhi failed to break the ice as both the parties stuck to their own position on separate Naga flag and the constitution.
A source said there was no breakthrough again in today’s talk led by general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah with Centre’s interlocutor and Governor RN Ravi.
The NSCN leaders also had a separate meeting to take stock of the situation.
“The interlocutor held discussions with the NNPG in the morning and with the NSCN-IM in the afternoon. The talks are expected to be held again soon,” said an official privy to the development.
The dialogues 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 that have already been rejected by the Centre.
NNPG ready to sign final pact
On the other hand, the meeting between the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) and Interlocutor, RN Ravi Tuesday morning in New Delhi ended positively with the NNPG willing to sign the final pact.
Since all issues on the NNPG’s part have been resolved, they are willing to sign the final pact any day, sources said.
Today’s meeting was more or less of crosschecking on the agreed positions between NNPGs and GoI, said the source.
In the meeting, Ravi reportedly stated that he will stand by the October 18 consultative meeting held with primary stakeholders, Church leaders, tribal bodies etc at Kohima to conclude the talks by October 31.
Sources informed that the WC NNPG will be camping in Delhi till October 31 and talks between them and GoI will continue.
Situation remains tense in State
The Union Government has set a deadline to resolve the Naga issue on or before October 31. But some Naga organisations and political analysts are of the view that Government should not set a timeframe to settle the protracted Naga political issue.
Several Naga groups and individuals have registered resentment and opposed imposed and packaged solution to resolve vexed Naga problem. They have also cautioned the Centre not to repeat history so as to avoid bloodshed.
Meanwhile, with barely 48 hours left to the deadline, panic situation remains high in Nagaland. The State Government had earlier mobilized all State forces to face any fallout of the ongoing peace process. (Page News Service with PTI inputs)

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