Nagaland chief Neiphiu Rio on Saturday said that the Government of India was serious to resolve the vexed Naga political issue.
Talking to media persons on the sidelines of the inaugural of Hydrology Project Convention Centre (HPCC) and commissioning of Automatic Weather Station (AWS) and Peizometer, Rio said when he along with UDA chairman TR Zeliang and deputy CM Y. Patton had recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home minister Amit Shah in Delhi, both Modi and Shah were serious and eager to resolve the Naga issue.
In this regard, he said the Centre had sent Government of India’s representative for Naga talks AK Mishra to Nagaland in order to stay here for at least a week and to hold thorough discussion with all stakeholders till they find a meeting point to have a settlement.
Rio said that the ball was now in the court of all stakeholders to push for early solution. “The ball is in the court of all the stakeholders. Public support is required whether we want peace or not, whether we want settlement or not and whether the issues that are making a road block… should find a way for coming together to find the solution,” Rio said.
When asked whether the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue had recently met Mishra, Rio said the members had been meeting him regularly and that Mishra has been given free hand to hold parleys with those engaged in negotiations with the Centre.
On fuel adulteration: Meanwhile, when asked about the fuel adulteration racket busted by the Rising People’s Party and the latter accusing the government of turning blind eye to such issue, Rio said blaming it on the government for everything was unfair.
He said the public should report on such matters so that the government could take necessary action, adding that the “government cannot watch everybody’s kitchen”.
Rio, however, assured that the government will do what is possible.
Mishra holds 3rd round of talks with NSCN (I-M)
DIMAPUR, APR 23 (NPN): Government of India’s representative for Naga talks, AK Mishra on Saturday held the third round of close-door meeting with NSCN (I-M) led by ato kilonser and chief negotiator Th. Muivah at Police complex, Chümoukedima.
Besides Muivah, who is camping at the Police complex, the 35-member delegation included NSCN (I-M) chairman Q. Tuccu, vice chairman Tongmeth Wangnao and other senior leaders. Mishra is scheduled to hold another round of closed-door meeting with Th. Muivah before he returns to Delhi on Monday.
When asked about the meeting, a senior NSCN (I-M) leader who was part of the delegation said that they held a fruitful threadbare discussion. No further details were made known about the meeting.
PTI adds: NSCN (I-M) home kilonser M Daniel Lotha said that Mishra assured the group that the final solution to the vexed Naga political issue will be based on the Framework Agreement of 2015.
The assurance was given by Mishra to Th Muivah, Daniel Lotha told PTI. Asked if any major decision was taken, he said “The talks for a final solution will continue between NSCN (I-M) and the Government of India based on the Framework Agreement”.
NH appeals NPGs to let good sense prevail
DIMAPUR, APR 23 (NPN): Naga Hoho delegation met the Government of India’s representative for Naga talks, AK Mishra, at Police Complex Chümoukedima on Saturday.
NH said that Mishra apprised the team about the ongoing talks with the Naga political groups and assured that solution would be honourable and acceptable to all the Nagas. NH expressed appreciation to Mishra for the “painstaking efforts” to come to Nagaland to carry forward the peace negotiation and understand the sentiments of the people by taking into confidence the voices of the Nagas.
Stating that every Naga soul was yearning for peaceful solution, NH appealed to all Naga political groups to let good sense prevail and avoid provocative statements against each other as Nagas anticipate a common solution for all Nagas across borders. The six-member Naga Hoho team was led by its president HK Zhimomi and general secretary K Elu Ndang.