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‘Trust deficit’ again: Whether between Nagas and GoI or between groups?

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NNPG leaders arriving Delhi for further parleys

Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 10: There may not be much forward looking movement in Naga peace parleys between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM.
But the Government of India is keen to keep the channel of communication on and hence yet another round of discussion is on cards in Delhi with the umbrella organization NNPGs next week.
Sources claimed that the NNPG delegation, led by N Kitovi Zhimomi, had a fruitful interaction with peace emissary AK Mishra last week generating some hopes.
But the meeting between the NSCN-IM delegation and the Government of India emissary on November 8 (Tuesday) was not quite encouraging.
The vexed issues of Flag and a separate Naga Constitution apparently figured yet again.
Thus, sources say the issue of ‘trust deficit’ has figured prominently in the entire process of negotiations or peace talks.
No side is committing anything clearly.
Hence, whether the ‘deficit of trust’ is between the Government of India and Nagas or between the NNPG and the NSCN-IM vis-à-vis the backdrop of two rounds of discussions at the initiatives of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) remains to be ascertained.
“This time we are more than happy…and we are confident of an early breakthrough unlike others”, one NNPG insider said when confronted after the 3-hour long meeting on November 5.
Sources in Delhi echoed similar sentiments and maintained, “We are meeting again.”
Next week’s interaction is largely seen as part of that continuous process.
But many social workers in Nagaland see these interactions between NNPG and the Centre as part of routine exercise only.
For its part, key stakeholders in Delhi are at times dismayed at the patience and silence displayed by the Naga civil society organisations.
“It is a peculiar situation we find. Privately everyone is restive and wants a solution to the vexed Naga issue, but when it comes to record keeping and public display, everything is so cool and calm”, one informed source maintained.
Meanwhile, sources said the NNPG leaders have again reminded the Government of India that the umbrella body had decided to come forward for talks with the Indian leadership in 2017 as they wanted to ensure that “future generations” can live with dignity and respect.
In this context, they refer to the Deed of Commitment signed by NNPG leaders on August 8, 2017.
In the ‘Deed’ they had pledged among other things that the political dialogue between the Government of India and NNPGs shall uphold the interest of “Naga brothers and sisters living in Myanmar, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh”.
“We shall continue to extend fullest support and solidarity towards our Naga people irrespective of topography and habitation”, the Deed of Commitment had said.