New Delhi: The final countdown has already begun as leaders from both the Centre and NSCN-IM are meeting in New Delhi at 2.30 pm on Monday to break the deadlock in the ongoing Naga political talks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already set October 31, 2019 as the deadline to conclude the negotiation with all Naga groups.
Monday’s meeting assumes significance as both the NSCN-IM and the Centre will be meeting for the third time during the month of October this year. Both the meetings previously concluded inconclusively as both the parties failed to amicably settle the insurgent outfit’s demands for a separate flag and constitution.
Sources in the Union home ministry informed EastMojo that the Central team will be represented by Naga peace process interlocutor and Nagaland governor RN Ravi and senior officials of the ministry, while NSCN-IM will be represented by ‘Ato kilonser’ and outfit’s general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah.
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 for a separate flag and constitution would not be accepted.
According to reports, the 15-member NSCN-IM team will be represented, apart from Muivah, by Tongmeth Wangnao, Lt Gen (Retd) VS Atem, Rev. A Puni; Zarsie Nyuthe, T Among, Lt Col (Retd) Victor Angami, RT Tsanglao, RK Ringthim, Rh Raising, Vikiye Sumi, C Kasar and John Anal.