The Centre had set a deadline of October 31 to conclude the process of talks with the Naga rebel groups Credit: File image

Kohima: A team of NSCN-IM leaders, led by chief negotiator and ‘Ato Kilonser’ Thuingaleng Muivah, met interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi, who is also the governor of Nagaland, at the Police Complex in Chumukedima on Saturday and submitted their “competencies” and Naga “integration map”, said sources.

Elaborating about the high-profile meeting on Saturday, sources informed EastMojo that the NSCN-IM delegation submitted their “competencies” and their Naga integration map to the peace talks interlocutor.

“The interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi shortly to discuss about issues relating to the talks between NSCN-IM and the Centre. RN Ravi will meet the NSCN-IM leadership again after his meeting with PM Modi,” sources said, adding: “The ‘competencies’ will be beneficial for all the Nagas.”

The NSCN-IM delegation also submitted their final formation on agreed “competencies”. The issue of a separate Naga flag and separate constitution were also raised during the meeting of the NSCN-IM leaders with Ravi.

Sources further informed that both parties were supposed to meet on December 27 last year, but were unable to do so due to some reasons.

Meanwhile, according to sources, issues related to extortion were also discussed during the meeting. Recently, Ravi, while conducting a review of the Dimapur-Kohima four-laning project, had revealed that the significant reason behind the slow progress and compromised quality of NH-29 was due to “rampant extortions by anti-social elements purportedly belonging to underground armed organisations”.

After a long, 22-year wait, the Naga peace talks, it seemed, reached a conclusive stage, after the Centre decided to accept the demands of the NSCN-IM, but with certain pre-conditions, in October last year.

At a crucial close-door meeting held in New Delhi on October 31, representatives from the Centre agreed to accept the crucial demands of the NSCN-IM keeping the greater interest of maintaining peace and harmony in the entire region in mind, sources told EastMojo.

The sources further said that the Centre had imposed certain conditions in this regard. However, details and road map to follow the pre-conditions will be discussed elaborately in future meetings, they added.

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