New Delhi: After days-long parleys in the month of October to break the deadlock in the Naga peace process, the second meeting of Wednesday seemed to have finally succeeded to melt some ice as both the Centre and the NCSN-IM reportedly agreed on some contentious issues in the spirit of peace in the region.
Expressing satisfaction over the outcome of the second meeting on Wednesday, which started around 4.30 pm, sources in the Union home ministry informed EastMojo that the next crucial meeting, to be held on Thursday [October 31, 2019], is expected to bring a new chapter of hope into the long protracted Naga issue.
“Both the sides have expressed their willingness to sign the framework agreement in the spirit of peace in the region. However, framing of modalities will take some time,” the sources added.
However, unconfirmed sources informed EastMojo that the Centre has accepted and granted the first condition of separate flag for the Nagas. “But demand like separate constitution and other issues will be dealt with later on,” the sources added.
On October 31, 2019, Centre will hold the crucial close-door meeting with both representatives of NSCN-IM and seven Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) starting from 11.00 am onwards to sign the historic accord.
Logjam continued despite the repeated attempts of both the Centre and the NSCN-IM to find an amicable solution to the vexed Naga peace talks issue till Wednesday noon.
On Wednesday, the first round of talks, which started around 12 noon, failed to yield any result as separate Naga flag and constitution remained the bone of contention between the two negotiating sides.
According to sources, 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 in the meeting on October 31.
Earlier, the Centre had set a deadline of October 31 to conclude the process of talks with the Naga rebel groups. However, the Centre had 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.