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Naga Talks: GNF meets Himanta Sarma

GNF with Himanta

KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 1: In its effort to cement differences between the negotiating parties involved in the Indo-Naga political talks, the Global Naga Forum (GNF) Saturday evening held a closed-door meeting with Centre’s emissary and a senior Minister in Assam Government, Himanta Biswas Sarma at Guwahati.
Reportedly the GNF delegation apprised Himanta of the need to break the deadlock in the Indo-Naga political talks so that agreement could be signed at the earliest.
The meeting assumes significance as last month Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and Himanta had met NSCN (IM) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah and conveyed Central Government’s decision on Naga flag and constitution. Also meeting Himanta was crucial as he is the key BJP man in the region and Chairman of Northeast Democratic Alliance (NEDA) – a conglomeration of several political parties.
Sources said Saturday evening’s meeting was fruitful, which could indicate some progress in the talks at New Delhi.
The GNF delegation consisted of Naga Hoho general secretary, Elu Ndang, Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) president, Abeiu Meru and advisor, Prof. Dr. Rosemary, former Arunachal Pradesh Minister, James Wanglat, retired Additional Chief Secretary, TN Mannen, Overseas Naga Association (ONA), Visier Sanyu, Naga Women Union, Manipur, Asha Wungnam and media secretary RNPC, Aga Rengma.
The GNF has been stressing on the significance of flag and constitution to hammer out a solution between the negotiating parties.
The members of GNF have also met top Government officials at New Delhi and submitted a memorandum. They have also met Naga negotiating groups and expressed their desire for the Naga groups to find a common ground for an inclusive solution.
The GNF is likely to meet more Indian policymakers.
(Page News Service)