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Naga talks to resume in May after NSCN (IM) red flags Centre’s proposal

Nagaland News

Kohima, April 5: For a while now, the much-hyped Naga peace process has been stalled after the Union Government submitted a proposal, including conditional use of Naga flag, to the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN).

Recently, the group had stated that the “serious deadlock” on the Indo-Naga talks was a matter of “diplomatic error”.
However, sources said that the two negotiating parties would resume talks in May to break the impasse. The Central Government has already placed its proposal before the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) to resolve the issue and sign the agreement.
But according to sources, the Union Government has put condition on the use of Naga flag — the core demand of the Naga group before inking the final agreement.
The Government has reportedly restricted hoisting of Naga flag in Government offices and during official programmes.
The Centre has reportedly allowed Naga flag to be used for Pan-Naga Hoho. But this proposed Pan-Naga Hoho has been opposed by some people from Nagaland State.
The NSCN (IM) has been demanding for a separate flag and constitution to sign the pact.
As uncertainty clouds the Naga peace process, the NSCN (IM) has been issuing a series of statements asserting its position on the talks; stating that agreement should be based on the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015.
But differences in interpretations have cropped up between the Centre and the Naga group.
Currently, officials from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) have been deputed to sit across the table with the NSCN (IM) leaders to break the stalemate.
Also, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have been entrusted to facilitate the peace process.

Recently, Rio and Leader of the Opposition, TR Zeliang had met with NSCN (IM) chief negotiator, Thiungaleng Muivah and Chairman Q Tuccu, after meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. (Page News Service)