NSCN IM – Centre Talks & Media hype

UT News Service | August 10: While peace talk is likely to resume between the Centre and NSCN IM in the capital New Delhi, highly placed source said media outlets rounds of speculations suggesting, a final outcome before August 14, are highly misleading and not up to speed with facts. Reliable sources confirmed there was no such last-minute meeting postponement between Centre and NSCN IM, on August 7.

NSCN IM top leaders are already stationed in Delhi and RN Ravi is to arrive Delhi on Tuesday to hammer out a political settlement. However, all discussion between NSCN IM and Centre for this visit are indefinite and will largely depend on progress of the talks, according to the organisation. It also said that NSCN IM Ato Kilonser, Thuingaleng Muivah’s speech on August 14, Independence Day will be significant and outline the progress of the talks.

V Horam, an executive member of the NSCN IM steering committee on a report in Eastern Mirror said, “The Indo-Naga political solution cannot be doled out like a Christmas gift or an Independence Day gift”.

The interlocutor and Nagaland Governor, R N Ravis’ scathing remark letter in June, where Ravi had stated that Nagaland was being run by “armed gangs’’ running “so-called governments’’, and the following orders to declare family relatives linkage with the underground outfits has not gone down well with the NSCN IM and Naga Tribal groups. The NSCN IM alleged Ravi backtracked on his commitment and refused to the demand for a separate flag and constitution.

Sources suggested there is no such request for a new interlocutor for this round of discussion in Delhi to reach an agreement with the Centre at the earliest possible time.

Naga Hoho general secretary K Elu Ndang had on July 28, sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Modi seeking his intervention. “The PMO invited us to Delhi for talks but no date has been fixed yet”, said K Elu Ndang.

Meanwhile, the Nagaland Gaon Burah Federation (NGBF) in its statement of August 9, expressed opposition to changing of the of Government of India’s interlocutor in Naga peace talks saying that it is GoI’s prerogative to decide and that this should not come in the way of solution. NGBF appreciated the smooth and progressive talks that reached the last leg of formal negotiations on October 31, 2019 and had committed to ink the inclusive agreement.

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