New Delhi: Amid reports that the ongoing Naga peace talks have reached their logical conclusion in New Delhi on Thursday — with the Centre reportedly accepting the demands of the NSCN-IM, albeit with certain pre-conditions — Union home minister Amit Shah has said that the talks will “conclude” only once the views and inputs of all the NE states — especially Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, which are proposed to be a part of NSCN-IM’s proposed ‘Greater Nagaland’ — are taken into account.
Speaking exclusively with EastMojo, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said that the home minister called him specifically to assure him on this count.
“During my telephonic conversation with home minister Amit Shahji today, I was assured that the views and inputs from states like Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will be taken into consideration. Only then will the Naga talks will be concluded,” Khandu told EastMojo.
During his conversation with Shah, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister also apprised the former about various issues relating to the ongoing Naga peace process. He also informed Shah about the reactions of the civil society members, political parties and others in the state regarding the proposed ‘Nagalim’.
As per the NSCN-IM website, the map of ‘Greater Nagalim’ comprises “all Naga-inhabited areas” covering 1,20,000 sq km across the Northeast and Myanmar. The demand for Nagalim has always created agitations in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. As per the proposal, Nagas staying in Manipur, Assam or Arunachal will benefit from the accord.
After a long, 22-year wait, the Naga peace talks, it seems, have reached a conclusive stage, with the Centre reportedly deciding to accept the demands of the NSCN-IM, but with certain pre-conditions. However, there has been no official announcement or confirmation in this regard till the filing of this report.
At a crucial close-door meeting held in New Delhi on Thursday afternoon, representatives from the Centre agreed to accept the crucial demands of the NSCN-IM keeping the greater interest of maintaining peace and harmony in the entire region in mind, sources in the Union home ministry told EastMojo.