NSCN (I-M) team to join Muivah in Delhi

DIMAPUR, SEP 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/14/2020 12:44:42 PM IST

A 15-member NSCN (I-M) delegation led by its chairman, Q. Tuccu and vice president Tongmeth Wangnao left for Delhi on Monday.

The delegation took the Dimapur-Imphal flight and left for Delhi via Imphal.

Highly placed sources said that the delegation will join the other NSCN (I-M) members led by general secretary Th. Muivah, who have been camping in Delhi since July last. Of late, the NSCN (I-M) had been holding series of talks with the Centre, represented by senior Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials led by its director Arvind Kumar.

As reported in Nagaland Post in August, sources said that there could be some major development by September end.

According to some reports published earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office has set a September deadline for the final settlement of all Naga political issues. However, the date and place of signing of the historic peace accord have not been finalised.

Meanwhile, sources also informed that a delegation of the Working Committee of the NNPGs was likely to leave for Delhi soon to meet the Central leaders.

The Working Committee during its meeting with the Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks, R.N. Ravi on September 10, decided to reveal competencies (all crucial matters discussed during negotiations), to the people before inking the final agreement.

A highly placed source, privy to the closed-door meeting, told Nagaland Post, that the negotiating parties felt that it was an “appropriate time” for the competencies to be shared with the people.

 “Now that the process is at its final stage, the two negotiating parties feel that it is imperative that the competencies are shared with the people since they are the primary stakeholders of the Naga issue,” said the source.

Another reliable source pointed out that in the spirit of inclusiveness and transparency, the NNPGs had distributed “copies of competencies” to all who wanted to learn about the ongoing process and who had were concerned over the issue.

In a statement on September 11, the Working Committee of the NNPGs had also declared that “the defining hour is approaching for announcing honourable and acceptable solution adding both the government of India and WC felt, that “the unity of Nagas at this time is critical.”

Further, in a recent statement issued through its convenor steering committee ‘maj’ (retd) Hutovi Chishi, NSCN (I-M) had said that the “historic Framework Agreement” signed on August 3,2015 with the government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi “is the only political process to bring solution that is honourable and acceptable.” 

NSCN (I-M) said the Framework Agreement was not published in public domain after its signing since “competencies were yet to be worked out”. NSCN (I-M) said any agreement signed under the Indian constitution could be openly published “like others do” but since FA and competencies were worked out “outside the box” solution needed caution till its completion.

On August 26, 2020, NSCN (I-M) delegation led by its chairman, Q. Tuccu met leaders of 14 Apex Naga Tribal Hohos of Nagaland (ANTHN). Highly placed NSCN (I-M) source had told Nagaland Post that the meeting was initiated to clear out any possible misunderstanding between the two parties.  

NSCN (I-M) also held a meeting with Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) at Niathu Resort, Dimapur on September 9. At the meeting, NSCN (I-M) briefed ENPO, ENSF and ENWO on the developments in the ongoing “Indo-Naga” political talks, besides stressing that the process for reconciliation and unity and political talks should go on side by side.

NSCN (I-M) and the Nagaland Gaon Buras’ Federation (NGBF) also met on September 4 and resolved to strengthen the on-going “Indo-Naga” peace talks and seek an honourable, acceptable, early and lasting solution.

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