Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Mishra invites NSCN (I-M) for talks


Government of India’s representative for Naga political talks, AK Mishra has invited NSCN (I-M) leaders to Delhi to discuss issues that have delayed signing of an agreement for the Naga political issue.
Highly placed official sources in Delhi confirmed that Mishra has invited NSCN (I-M) chief negotiator Th. Muivah to Delhi. However, in the event Muivah cannot travel due to health reasons, Mishra will hold discussions with the NSCN (I-M) delegation.
However, no date has been fixed yet for the meeting, sources added.
UDA chairman T.R. Zeliang also confirmed about the development to media persons after casting his vote for the presidential election at NLA Secretariat here. Zeliang said NSCN (I-M) will hold a meeting either on Monday or Tuesday to take a call on Mishra’s invitation and if required the Parliamentary Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (PCCoNPI) will follow it up.
He also informed that at the recent meeting in Delhi on May 13, the NSCN (I-M) delegation had expressed disappointment on seeing the “formulation paper” prepared by A.K Mishra.
He said that though NSCN (I-M) had said it would discuss the matter and if required return for talks, the NSCN (I-M) had however decided against going to Delhi as per the decision taken at its “Emergency National Assembly” on May 31.
Zeliang said that taking note of this, the Core Committee had requested the Centre to invite the NSCN (I-M) and discuss whether there was any possibility to revise the formulation paper. “The core committee has been persistently insisting on both the parties to continue the dialogue because only through talk could differences on contentious issue can be hammered out and come to a logical conclusion,” he said.
Meanwhile, chief minister Neiphiu Rio told media persons that the Core Committee “will do everything possible to see that success comes” on the Naga political issue. He mentioned that as per the July 16 PCCoNPI resolution point no. 3 an appeal was made on negotiating parties to refer to the competencies as reflected in the Framework Agreement signed with NSCN (I-M).
Rio, however, said the word “competencies” was inserted in the Framework Agreement of which the Core Committee was unaware of the contents (competencies). He therefore, said the committee has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to invite NSCN(I-M) to discuss and sort out the matter.
Dynamics have changed: Azo

UDA co-chairman and NPF legislature party leader, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu was effusive that the resolutions passed by the Core Committee at its meeting on July 16, was “by far the best resolutions” as various organizations and individuals including the NSCN (I-M), WC/NNPGs and also veteran Naga leader and former chief minister and governor, Dr. SC Jamir were among those who had appreciated.
“This will be a final push and the dynamics will be different now because Delhi will have to take it seriously,” he said.
He also said that all the legislators and the two MPs were very serious in resolving the Naga issue.
When asked about the final agreement, Azo said both “Agreed Position and the competency clauses (Framework Agreement) will be clubbed together and a comprehensive study will be done to bring out a common draft.”
He said after the common draft is prepared, it will be put up in public domain for the Nagas to accept and once accepted the final agreement inked.


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