NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah at Camp Hebron in Dimapur, Nagaland Credit: File image

New Delhi: The crucial dialogue to end the ‘deadlock’ to the Naga political talks between the Centre and the NSCN (IM) in New Delhi on Thursday remained inconclusive yet again as both the sides were at loggerheads on the core issue of separate flag and constitution.

Meanwhile, failing to reach any conclusion, the Centre has reportedly decided to meet the representatives of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Friday.

Sources in the Union home ministry in New Delhi informed EastMojo that the much-awaited meeting failed to melt the ice as representatives of both the NSCN (IM) and the Centre were seen sticking to their core demands.

“The talks started with a very congenial atmosphere in New Delhi on Thursday, but took an ugly turn when the demand for separate constitution and flag came to the fore,” home ministry sources told EastMojo.

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However, the dialogue will resume after two to three days again, probably before October 31, 2019, the sources added. The sources further said that before the start of the dialogue next time, both the sides will exchange their sets of position on the whole issue.

Representatives of the Centre and the NSCN (IM) – signatories of the Framework Agreement signed in 2015 to help facilitate a Naga peace deal – took part in the talks held in New Delhi on Thursday.

Thursday’s meeting assumes significance as Naga peace talks interlocutor and governor of Nagaland RN Ravi held a meeting with NSCN (IM) leadership on October 10, 2019, which also ended inconclusively as both the sides failed to reach to an amicable conclusion on their respective demands of separate flag and constitution.

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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