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No much forward movement but GoI remains ‘optimistic’ of an early solution

Nagaland News

Our Spl Correspondent
New Delhi, May 17: There is no much forward movement at the Naga peace talks even as the Core Committee of Nagaland legislators and Ministers led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday had important parleys with centre’s new peace emissary A K Mishra and also NNPG leaders.
Persuasive skills are being applied and pressures being built up with all concerned players, one source merely said.
The four Member team comprising Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, Deputy CM, Y Patton, UDA Chairman,T R Zelang and co Chairman Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu is likely to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a day or two.
The NNPG delegation at the meeting with the Core Committee was led by Convener N Kitovi Zhimomi .
The ‘limitations’ of the core committee in the peace talks came to the fore perhaps once more.
According to sources, while there is no let up yet from the NSCN (IM) side on the twin issues of Flag and Constitution, the Government of India is firm about its inability to reconsider these two demands.
“There is no forward movement in the sense many would presume, but there have been some movements. The Government of India remains optimistic about an early solution,” a source told Nagaland Page.
Sources pointed out that right from the beginning in September 2021, new peace emissary A K Mishra had made it clear that he had “no new issues to discuss or offer”.
“His job was to wind up the discussions that remained inconclusive or concluded as in October 2019. So nothing has changed on ground,” the source maintained.
The Core Committee is likely to interact with NSCN (IM) leaders back in Nagaland. A 10-member NSCN (IM) delegation had met Mishra for two crucial rounds last week in Delhi wherein reportedly the Centre’s stand on Flag and Constitution was reiterated.

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