Friday, October 7, 2022

CCoNPI-NSCN (I-M) hold crucial meet

Staff Reporter

With the Naga public getting impatient with prolonged delay in securing solution to the Naga political issue after 24 years of negotiations that officially concluded on October 31, 2019; an 8-member Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCoNPI) headed by the chief minister Neiphiu Rio held a consultative meeting with a 10-member NSCN (I-M) delegation led by ‘lt. gen.’ (Rtd) V.S. Atem at Police Complex Chümoukedima Saturday.
The Centre has said it was prepared to ink a broad-based agreement with all NPGs for one solution to the Naga political issue.
On Saturday, both sides had a marathon four-hour long meeting behind closed doors. alking to media persons, after the meeting Neiba Kronu said that both the sides held “fruitful” and “meaningful” discussions on several issues and that the meeting was by far, among the best ever held between two sides. According to Kronu, the meeting achieved in bringing both sides closer in understanding their respective positions adding it was “a good message to the Central government as well”.
When asked on whether solution could be expected anytime soon, he replied, “We are hopeful that through a very good understanding, we may bring a solution as early as possible”. The CCoNPI is also likely to apprise Assam chief minister and NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma on the outcome of Saturday’s meeting so as to take it forward to the Centre.
On the insistence of the NSCN(I-M) that Framework Agreement was inclusive of flag and constitution which has been the hurdle towards inking a broad-based agreement, Kronu replied that the CCoNPI would discuss it with the Government of India.
UDA chairman, TR Zeliang, stated that the core committee meeting with the NSCN (I-M) comes after the latter’s visit to Delhi where its delegation met with A.K. Mishra the government of India’s representative for Naga talks. Zeliang said the core committee had requested NSCN(I-M) to continue with the talks since this was the only way by which settlement could be achieved.
He also said the committee will also request the Centre to continue talks and that highlights of Saturday’s meeting will be forwarded to the Centre so as to “pursue further negotiations”.
When approached NSCN (I-M) representatives were unwilling to talk to the media.
Besides CCoNPI convenor and chief minister Neiphiu Rio, the delegation included- co-convenors: deputy chief minister Y. Patton, UDA chairman T.R.Zeliang and NPF leader Kuzholuzo Neinu; member secretary Neiba Kronu (NDPP) and members– G. Kaito (NDPP), Y.M. Yollow (NDPP) and Dr. Ngangshi (NPF).
The NSCN (I-M) delegation included– V.S. Atem, Rh. Raising, ‘gen.’ Ninghkan Shimray, T.T. Among, Vikiye Sümi, K.K. Angami, ‘lt. col.’ (Rtd) Neipfupe Venuh, R.T. Tsanglao, Kraibo Chawang and Chuba Pongener.
NSCN (I-M) is to hold a crucial emergency national assembly meeting on May 31 at Hebron which is expected to deliberate on Naga political issue.