Centre’s interlocutor, RS Pandey and NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th. Muivah Monday disclosed that both the parties were confident of working out a settlement to the Naga political problem, in the “shortest possible time”.
A joint statement signed by Pandey and Muivah admitted that while differences between the two parties have narrowed, some of the proposals would require further negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable solution.
“Sustained negotiations over the past few months have led to a set of proposals for an honourable political settlement based on the uniqueness of Naga history and situation which was recognized by the government of India in 2002 as well as the contemporary realities and a future vision consistent with the imperatives of the 21st century”, the statement said.
“By appreciating and respecting each other’s position and difficulties, both the parties are confident of working out a settlement in the shortest possible time” the statement said.
Adds PTI: Sources said the proposed peace deal ruled out the NSCN’s demand for unification of Naga inhabited areas and would give territorial guarantee of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.
Th. Muivah and RS Pandey sign the joint press statement.
However, they said the government would provide maximum autonomy to Nagaland under various provisions of the Constitution. The Naga group has been holding parleys with Pandey to iron out differences on several vexed issues.
The NSCN (I-M) has proposed a federal relationship with the Centre with additional financial and legislative powers while the government offered financial package for socio- cultural development of Naga people.
The government of India team was led Centre’s Interlocutor RS Pandey and NSCN (I-M) led by chief negotiator, general secretary Th. Muivah.
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