Nagaland Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang Credit: Twitter

Kohima: Leader of NPF legislature party TR Zeliang on Tuesday said the appointment of AK Mishra as the new interlocutor for Naga peace talks can break the stalemate to the ongoing Naga talks.

Interacting with a section of the media on Tuesday, Zeliang said after the NSCN-IM refused to have talks with interlocutor RN Ravi, Mishra was assigned to hold talks with the group. “He has taken the confidence of the Prime Minister. There should not be any doubt that he can break the ice. The issue has been prolonged for many years,” he said.

As Mishra has been interacting with the NSCN-IM for a year, Zeliang said that Mishra “knows the contention of the NSCN-IM” and that there should not be a problem for the NSCN-IM to resume peace talks with the Centre.

Recalling a recent meeting with Mishra, Zeliang said that he had questioned what problem the Government of India might have and to write to the NSCN-IM to resume the dialogue. He said Mishra had assured to write to the NSCN-IM. In the meantime, he said that Mishra was assigned as the new interlocutor.

Mishra’s role from a “broker” to a “full fledged interlocutor”, according to Zeliang, will contribute in hammering out the differences, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mishra are both “sincere” with their approach to the Naga peace talks.

He said the appointment of Mishra as the interlocutor is a “good sign” as two interlocutors conducting parallel talks — NNPGs with Ravi, NSCN-IM with Mishra — to bring about “one solution” and “one agreement” is practically not possible and will only delay the talks.

Zeliang added that Naga negotiating groups will also have to accept the decision of the Centre and work to resolve the long-pending Naga political issue if they want a solution.

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