NSCN-IM members at the check gate of Camp Hebron in Dimapur, Nagaland

Kohima: Ahead of the crucial meeting on the Naga peace talks between the NSCN-IM and the government of India (GoI), which is likely to be held on Thursday in New Delhi, the insurgent group accused the Centre of “sowing the seeds of division in the name of pushing Naga solution without getting the mandated blessing”.

A press release, issued by NSCN (IM), said, “Under the pretext of compromising with contemporary reality, which is a machination of the government of India to hoodwink the Nagas into submission, the agreed principle of honourable and acceptable solution cannot be sidelined into oblivion. Unfortunately, the government of India’s insincere approach has brought down the Indo-Naga political talks to this level.”

“Going further to push the machiavellian handling of Naga political issue, the government of India machinated the use of primary stakeholders by adopting ‘yes men groups’ and ignoring the others. But, in the absence of majority Naga tribal groups, this so-called primary stakeholder is not only a misnomer but against the Naga’s democratic practice. This is simply sowing the seed of division in the name of pushing Naga solution without getting the mandated blessing,” it said.

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“Strange is the way government of India, represented by Ravi, handled the Naga political issue by blaming the NSCN negotiators for practicing procrastinate negotiation. It matters Naga’s pride and identity. It matters Naga’s future and security. It matters Naga’s covenant with God. And, this is the reason why Nagas are sentimentally attached with flag and constitution,” it asserted.

Meanwhile, the Nagaland Baptist Churches Council (NBCC) on Monday led by president Rev Dr Hukashe Zhimomi and general secretary Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho held a prayer meeting with the IM leaders at the residence of the NSCN(IM) chairman Q Tuccu in Dimapur with an assurance that the “church would continue to stand above the solution and pray that unity and mutual understanding prevailed among the leaders in particular and the Nagas in general”.

Sources in the Union home ministry have already said that the government of India has set a deadline of October 31 to conclude the process of talks with the Naga rebel groups. The Centre has also made it clear that the demand of separate flag and constitution would not be accepted.

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