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Positive signs in Govt-NSCN talks


Kohima, October 30: The talks to find a lasting solution to the seven-decade-old insurgency problem in Nagaland continued for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, with the Centre’s interlocutor and Governor R N Ravi holding two rounds of discussions with the NSCN-IM, officials said.
The talks remained inconclusive again but there was some positive signs coming out of the closed door meeting this evening.
“At least two rounds of discussions were held with the NSCN-IM. Both sides are trying to find a solution acceptable to everyone,” an official privy to the development.
A NSCN insider said there was a positive outcome from today’s meeting and that the talks will continue Thursday from 11 am. The insider said something positive has been worked out between the two negotiating parties and that talk will continue tomorrow.
The news has brought some relief to the panicked public back home.
While the dialogue with the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) is almost over, the talks with the NSCN-IM has been continuing as the outfit continues to insist on its demands for a separate flag and Constitution for the Nagas.
Government’s interlocutor and Governor of Nagaland, R N Ravi has been trying to sign agreement with the NSCN and other groups who are engaged in talks before October 31 when the country celebrates the birthday of Sardar Patel, known as the Ironman of India, who had integrated several princely states with India.
October 31 is also the National Integration Day.
New Delhi has set a deadline of October 31 to ink the final agreement with the Naga groups. But NSCN vowed that they will not accept imposed or packaged solution.
Separate Naga flag and constitution has become the main hurdle in the negotiation between the Government and the NSCN.
(Page News Service)