NSCN (I-M), 14 apex hohos meet

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/27/2020 11:43:48 AM IST

After the recent spate of press statements over the demand for early solution to Naga political issue, NSCN (I-M) delegation led by its chairman, Q. Tuccu and leaders of 14 Apex Naga Tribal Hohos of Nagaland (ANTHN) held a meeting on August 26 that reportedly lasted for nearly five hours.

Highly placed source in NSCN (I-M) informed Nagaland Post that the meeting was initiated to clear out any possible misunderstanding between the two parties.  The source described the meeting as “good”.

The source further disclosed that the ANTHN denied of any sort of collusion with Government of India Representative and Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks, R.N Ravi to undermine or derail the talk between Government of India and NSCN (I-M).

On the other hand, reliable sources in ANTHN informed that the 14 tribes were invited by NSCN (I-M) chairman, Q Tuccu and that they had a “good meeting” but that both sides did not adopt any resolution 

The source said there was no “detailed deliberation on the ongoing Naga political talk” as both sides only held a “casual discussion on differences”.

 “NSCN (I-M) did not try to impose anything on us nor did we impose anything on them. It was a casual discussion... no major issue was discussed,” said the source.

It may be mentioned that the pace and progress of the Naga political issue towards resolution had suffered a setback when NSCN (I-M) demanded replacement of R.N. Ravi as government of India’s Interlocutor. 

While some organisations have supported the NSCN (I-M)  demand for removal of Ravi as the Interlocutor, 14 Apex Naga Tribal Hohos of Nagaland and other organisations like Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) and apex tribal hoho have come out in support of early solution and retention of the incumbent Interlocutor.

NSCN (I-M) leaders led by its ato kilonser, Th. Muivah have been holding series of meetings with officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in New Delhi.

GoI firm on going ahead with solution

 NEW DELHI, AUG 27 (AGENCIES): Centre is firm on its September deadline to conclude the decades-old Naga peace talks by signing a final peace accord in which all stakeholders will be signatories, reports the Deccan Chronicle (DC).

Noting that the first deadline to end the Naga talks was October 31, 2019, that was extended at the NSCN (I-M)’s request, Home ministry sources informed the Deccan Chronicle  that the Centre will not extend the deadline further as almost all substantiative issues had been finalised. 

As reported in Nagaland Post on August 10, sources had informed this newspaper that some significant development could be expected by September.

According to media reports, the Centre had already told the leadership of NSCN (I-M) on what issues it can or cannot agree. 

“The ball is now in the court of stakeholders, they can avail the opportunity to be a part of the historic Naga peace accord,” sources told the Deccan  Chronicle while also clarifying that a majority of stakeholders in Nagaland, including Naga tribal groups and the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) had given their consent to signing of the peace accord.

The reports said the NSCN (I-M) leadership was still camping in New Delhi and were holding   meetings with Intelligence Bureau officers, though most key issues with the NSCN (I-M) had been settled.

Home ministry sources also admitted that the NSCN (I-M) was still insisting on its demand for a separate flag and constitution. 

According to the Deccan Chronicle report, NSCN (I-M) had been advised that they could hold talks on these issues even after the peace accord was signed.

It was also reported that the Interlocutor for Naga talks and Nagaland Governor, R.N. Ravi was stationed in Delhi.

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