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Mishra, Himanta, NSCN (IM) talks: Mixed expectations

Nagaland News

KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 19: There are mixed expectations about early solution with Naga insurgent groups, even as the Union Government has replaced its emissary, and included the direct participation of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswas Sarma, in the peace process.

If we are to believe what the former interlocutor RN Ravi has said lately that there was no negotiation with the Naga groups, but only peace process so as to bring them into the mainstream, the stalemate could continue between the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah). The group has accepted a ‘shared sovereignty”, with a separate constitution and the flag, which has been already rejected by the Union Government. The former Interlocutor said the Centre has completely rule negotiation on sovereignty with the Naga groups.
Ravi said there is a peace process and talks are underway with the Naga groups to sign an agreement. He told the gathering during his farewell programme at State Banquet Hall, recently, how the Centre could manage to bring home NSCN (IM) leaders back to Nagaland.
During his two years of stay here as Governor and Interlocutor he has reinforced the Nagaland State, categorically indicating that there would be no solution above the Nagaland State.
With retired official of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) AK Mishra being assigned the task, assisted by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswas Sarma, to resume the talks with the NSCN (IM), there are mixed expectations. An NSCN (IM) insider said change of Interlocutor would not bring the solution but first the Central Government leaders would have to change their mindset. “They only changed the man, not their policy”, said a senior NSCN (IM) functionary.
“The issues should be tackled with outmost application of mind,” a senior leader from Naga People’s Front (NPF) said.
Since 1997, the Naga peace process has seen at least 5 Interlocutors, assisted by several top Government officials, including a ministerial team, headed by a senior congress leader, Oscar Fernandes. Several NGOs, organizations and individuals have also tried to facilitate the peace process. Former Chief Minister Hokishe Sema, former Chief Minister Vizol and former Chief Minister of Mizoram Laldinga, also met Chairman of NSCN, Isak Chishi Swu and General Secretary, Thiungaleng Muivah in Bangkok. It remains to be seen whether there will be a fresh proposal from the Centre’s representatives to break the deadlock.

Himanta and Mishra were expected to sit with NSCN (IM) leaders and other groups engaged in the peace process. The Assam CM is expected to reach Dimapur on September 21. But ahead of that the retired IB official would meet with the Naga groups.
NSCN (IM) leaders, led by Muivah, are already in Dimapur since yesterday.
(Page News Service)