DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 22: Yet another round of consultative meet between the Government of India’s representative and the Working Committee (WC) NNPGs was held today at the Rhododendron Hall, at Police Complex, Chümoukedima, today. The hour-long meet between the Working Committee, led by Convenor N Kitovi Zhimomi, and Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks RN Ravi, was held against the backdrop of strong-worded statements and counters by the NSCN-IM and the NNPGs, and a plain dismissal of the talks by the NSCN(Yang Aung) group.
Speaking to Nagaland Page after the closed-door meeting, Co-convenor, Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) Isak Sumi was optimistic about “substantial developments soon.” “We have not set any time frame; so many complicated things are happening at the same time, but positive that things will happen at the earliest,” he stated.
On whether the Centre would go ahead and ink a deal without the NSCN-IM, Sumi said that the Nagas want an early solution and whether the NSCN-IM will be a part of the early solution or not is a call the Government of India would have to take. “80 to 90% of Nagas are for an early solution, and that has been affirmed again and again; It’s what the people want”. But, he went on to add, “My perception is that GoI doesn’t want anybody to be left out of the final solution”.
On the NSCN(YA) group’s statement that the Naga political groups engaged in political talks with the GoI have lost all “political wisdom”, the Co-convenor of the Working Committee said that while the NSCN(YA) have their own ideology, it is a different matter whether the people accept their ideology or not. “The people have already given the mandate for an early solution, so whoever is not for the solution, is not for the people”.
The NSCN Yung Aung group, banned by the Government of India, in a statement on Wednesday stated that the Naga political talks are headed for a “disastrous failure.” The group also stated that the Naga political groups have lost political wisdom as “they have long since deleted the word sovereignty from their political diaries.”
Isak Sumi informed that today’s meet was to reason together to find a way forward so as not to delay the solution.
The Working Committee continued to huddle together for over an hour after the departure of Interlocutor RN Ravi from the meeting hall.