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A mass silent prayer held recently in Higher Themzan Academy, Ukhrul for peaceful Naga solution
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NAGALAND

Naga peace talks: Logjam on; another round of talks fails in Delhi

Representatives of both parties -- Centre & NSCN-IM -- are likely to meet again for the second round of talks later in the day around 4.30 pm, said sources

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New Delhi: Logjam continues despite the repeated attempts of both the Centre and the NSCN (IM) to find an amicable solution to the vexed Naga peace talks issue till Wednesday noon.

On Wednesday, the first round of talks, which started around 12 noon, failed to yield any result as separate Naga flag and constitution remained the bone of contention between the two negotiating sides. Representatives of both the groups, the Centre and the NSCN-IM, are likely to meet again for the second round of talks of the day around 4.30 pm on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, sources in the Union home ministry told EastMojo that Naga peace talks interlocutor, who is also the governor of Nagaland, RN Ravi, categorically told the 15-member NSCN-IM negotiating team, headed by Th Muivah, that the Centre is not in a position to change its stand towards the demand for separate flag and constitution. However, the Naga group continued to maintain its stand on the two issues.

Earlier on Tuesday, RN Ravi met the members of the working committee (WC) of the seven Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs). During the meeting, the members of the NNPGs reportedly expressed their willingness to sign the agreement. Union home ministry sources further said that the NNPGs have already expressed their readiness to sign an agreement anytime.

Interlocutor Ravi also met with the NSCN-IM collective leadership on Tuesday. However, no fresh progress was made with the negotiations stuck on the two core issues of separate Naga flag and constitution.