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Kohima: Naga peace talks resumed this week with Indian government representatives holding back-to-back meetings with the NSCN-IM, the biggest Naga political outfit.
The peace talks officially began with the group on Monday, and the last round of talks in Dimapur will conclude on Thursday, after which the NSCN-IM led by its Ato Kilonser Th Muivah will head back to Camp Hebron on Friday.

On Wednesday, the Nagaland Legislative Assembly’s Core Committee on Naga political issue met with the NSCN-IM. Neiba Kronu, member secretary of the committee, told EastMojo that the meeting went “very well”. “For quite some time, there was a break, and we were all worried. So we have sent out our message that they must resume talks as it is the desire of the people to bring about a solution at the earliest,” Kronu said.

The legislator added that the response of the NSCN-IM is positive.

Kronu informed that there was no discussion regarding the Naga flag and constitution, one of the main contentions of the ongoing peace talks between the Centre and NSCN-IM. Due to the stalemate, he said that the state government has met with the NSCN-IM first, and there are no immediate plans to meet with the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs).

He said that as facilitators, the legislators would “have to meet” with all stakeholders and bring “everyone together” for an early solution.

Kronu said AK Mishra is the new interlocutor for Naga peace talks. The resignation of RN Ravi is likely part of the “formalities” in making way for Mishra to take the peace talks forward.

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