Naga talks: Rio to leave for Delhi today

DIMAPUR, OCT 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/8/2021 2:14:28 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio is likely to hold meetings with Central leaders and Naga Political Groups (NPGs) presently camping in Delhi in connection with efforts to secure an early settlement of the Naga political issue. Rio is scheduled to leave for Delhi Saturday after a brief meeting with union minister of state for communications D. Chauhan, who will arrive Dimapur from Bokajan.

It was also reported that Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is also likely to join Rio for a preparatory meeting with NPGs and also Central leaders. Currently, top leadership of the NSCN (I-M) led by ato kilonser and chief negotiator Th. Muivah and yaruiwo Q. Tuccu besides WC/NNPGs led by convenor N. Kitovi Zhimomi have been holding talks with Centre's representative, AK Mishra. Niki Sumi-led NSCN (K) members who were also in Delhi returned to Nagaland on Friday after meeting Mishra.

As reported in this newspaper, with talks back on track sources said that “something can be expected very soon”. A sense of urgency prevails in Nagaland where the all-party UDA government has been seized with getting all on board for a final agreement. A new dimension was added after Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also became involved with Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio in holding parleys with NPGs.The two CMs were engaged in talks to convince the NSCN (I-M) leaders to reconnect with the peace process after negotiations between NSCN (I-M) and the then Interlocutor RN Ravi hit a dead end.

The NSCN(I-M) had practically boycotted further contacts over  differences with Ravi regarding inclusion of Naga flag and constitution in the agreement.

With the crisis being resolved to the satisfaction of the NSCN (I-M) and the state government with the removal of Ravi as both governor and interlocutor by Centre, all eyes are now on the new Interlocutor A.K. Mishra on whether he can pull a rabbit out of the hat.  

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