Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 11: Another baby step but a crucial one vis-à-vis Naga peace talks may be taken in the coming few days.
Sources said intense and a series of ‘internal meetings’ are being held in both the NNPG and the NSCN-IM camps.
More such meetings are on cards before the all important meeting between two principal stakeholders ~ NNPG and NSCN ~ takes place. A series of internal meetings and fasting may be held in the NSCN-IM camp by this weekend, an informed source said.
The NNPG Working Committee has held two rounds of meetings already. More such mutual consultation is likely.
The Forum of Naga Reconciliation (FNR) is taking the key initiative to bring the two sides together and things would move in tune with the September 14 joint statement.
Sources further said that the next round of meeting between the two rival groups could take place outside Nagaland but within India.
Of course, on the outcome things are still being taken with a pinch of salt and hence sources say it is still premature to make mere speculation.
In 2014, the FNR meeting for both sides as proposed in Kolkata could not be held as some militant leaders could not up turn up citing ‘technical reasons’.
“Let us be hopeful this time. The meeting between NNPG and NSCN-IM is not being seen as anti-peace talks or as something adversarial to Solution or to the Government of India”, the source said,
All eyes are therefore now on the possible NSCN-IM and NNPG meetings. The sooner, the better.
The Forum of Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has to carry out its persuasive skills. The forthcoming Peace Accord ~ if it materializes ~ is expected to play a pivotal role in transforming Nagaland into a modern and progressive State.
It will probably also ensure peace, harmony and development in all Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and even some parts of Assam, sources say.