A high-level delegation of the Working Committee (WC) of the NNPGs meeting interlocutor and Nagaland RN Ravi in New Delhi on February 24 Credit: File image

Kohima: The stalemate to the Naga political issue is set to end with the interim interlocutor for Naga peace talks AK Mishra and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma readying to hold talks with the Naga negotiating groups.

According to sources, Mishra, who reached Dimapur on Saturday, is set to have a casual meeting with the NSCN-IM on Sunday followed by the official meeting on Monday. Sources informed that NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah has also reached Dimapur from Camp Hebron.

Recently, TR Zeliang, the leader of the NPF legislature party, had said the appointment of AK Mishra as the new interlocutor for Naga peace talks can break the stalemate to the ongoing Naga talks.

After the NSCN-IM refused to have talks with the then interlocutor RN Ravi, Mishra has been interacting with the NSCN-IM for about a year as a “broker”. This will be his first meeting in the capacity of the interlocutor.

Speaking with journalists outside the state banquet hall on Saturday, Neiba Kronu, the minister for planning & coordination, land revenue and parliamentary affairs, said “It is the desire of the central government and, as a new interlocutor has been appointed, we need to come closer. He knows our issues. It is not new to him. Let’s hope for the best.”

Kronu said the Assam CM and convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) Himanta Biswa Sarma, will be arriving at Dimapur on September 21 to meet with both the Naga negotiating groups—NSCN-IM and NNPGs.

Kronu said members of the core committee on Naga political issue are also trying to meet with the Naga negotiating groups.

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