GoI-NSCN (I-M) talks inconclusive

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/24/2019 11:32:41 AM IST

With the clock ticking away towards the 3-month deadline for solution to the Naga political issue set by prime minister Narendra Modi, Government of India representative and Interlocutor R. N. Ravi and the 15-member NSCN (I-M) delegation led by its chief negotiator Th. Muivah met Thursday in Delhi but could not resolve the issue of Naga flag and constitution as demanded by NSCN (I-M).

The meeting was said to be a last ditch effort to get the NSCN (I-M) on board for signing of the Naga solution but despite three hours of intense negotiations it ended inconclusive. 

Reliable sources said that the Interlocutor R.N. Ravi,  who is also the governor of Nagaland, made it clear to the NSCN (I-M) leaders, that “armed co-existence must end” and that the status quo cannot continue.

The sources also said NSCN (I-M) expressed unhappiness at the way in which the government of India has been dealing with the demand for Naga flag and constitution. It was also disclosed that NSCN (I-M) leaders had told Ravi not to force solution upon them. 

In response, the sources said Ravi clarified to the NSCN (I-M) that its aspiration for a separate Naga flag and constitution could be pursued post-solution through a democratic process.

It was also disclosed, that the meeting that began at around 2.30 p.m. had initially seemed like a stand-off but afterwards, the atmosphere was eased as both sides appreciated their respective stand. The sources said both sides were likely to meet next week after the Interlocutor meets with the other Naga group-- Working Committee of NNPGs on October 25.

14 tribes appeal to GoI

Meanwhile the 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland have expressed appreciation to the Government of India (GoI) for recognizing “the unique history and position of the Nagas” as contained in the Framework Agreement signed between the government of India and NSCN (I-M) on August 3,2015 and “ the historical and political rights of the Nagas to self determine their future” as in the Agreed Position (signed on November 17,2017) between the government of India and Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs).  

The statement was made in the form of an appeal addressed to R.N.Ravi through the OSD by 14 tribes through the co-ordinator K.T. Vilie as resolved in the October 22 meeting held in Kohima.

The 14 tribes also appealed to the government of India through the Interlocutor “to honour the agreed positions; consider the symbolic issues of the Naga identity and expeditiously conclude the process to sign the solution.”


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