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Naga Issue: Impasse persists as Sept deadline nears

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KOHIMA, SEPTEMBER 24: Time is running out as the September deadline to ink the Indo-Naga solution nears however there appears to be no breakthrough in the talks as the stalemate over Naga flag and constitution continues.
Sources said the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) has asked the Government of India to resolve their demand for a separate Naga flag and constitution by this month to ink the final agreement.
While the national media have reported that the Central Government has already rejected the demand for flag and constitution, NSCN (IM) said that the two key demands would be the basis to sign the final agreement.
If not we are prepared to face any eventuality, sources said.
And as the deadline ends by September, tension is mounting.
Sources said apart from flag and constitution, the two parties are giving final touch to the competencies.
The Central Government has said that the remaining unresolved issues can be pursued through democratic means after the agreement is signed. But going by past pacts, this assertion has so far failed to convince the NSCN (IM) leadership.
The Centre is understood to have been caught in a tight spot as the NSCN (IM) has already established its base in Kachin State near China border as a precautionary measure. Nearly 1000 cadres are said to be stationed there led by senior commanders.
Currently chairman, Q Tuccu and vice chairman, Tongmeth Wangnao along with several top leaders of the group have joined the NSCN (IM) chief negotiator, Thiungaleng Muivah in New Delhi in an effort to break the impasse.
State political parties are also meeting Naga underground groups in the last couple of days to give a fillip to the peace process. But as for now, by all indications, the Naga problem is likely to continue, not only because the impending agreement is going to be that of an “economic package” but there are still some underground groups which are not part of the present peace process.
Public opinion on solution is also not unanimous ~ one opinion is for any type of solution and pursue the unfinished issues after the agreement, the other opinion if for an acceptable and honourable solution to end problem once and for all.
The State Government also echoes for acceptable and honourable solution.
(Page News Service)

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