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Stalled Naga Peace talks 'back on track', crucial meetings on Sept 20

Nirendra Dev

Nirendra DevSep 18, 2021, 03:17 PM IST

Stalled Naga Peace talks 'back on track', crucial meetings on Sept 20

New Delhi: Giving a push to the Naga Peace talks and putting it on fast track, new 'informal Interlocutor' A K Mishra will meet two major militant groups umbrella organisation NNPGs and NSCN (IM) at Dimapur on Monday, September 20.

Informed sources said the meetings will be separate and will be held at Chumukedema Police Head Quarter complex.

"Most Naga peace parleys are held there, so there is no chance of change of venue. Ice has been broken and things are moving," a source said.

Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, who took over as new Nagaland Governor on Friday, has said that "....soon we will have a comprehensive and inclusive solution to the Naga political issue ensuring utmost honour and dignity to the Naga people".

The NNPGs - Naga National Political Groups headed by convener N Kitovi Zhimomi is an umbrella organisation of seven groups operating within Nagaland.

The NSCN (IM) first entered into peace parleys in August 1997 during the stint of I K Gujral as the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, all 60 legislators have decided to come together under a new 'opposition-less' government.

According to a senior government functionary at Kohima, the new alliance will be called the 'United Democratic Alliance'. 

In a meeting attended by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio (NNDP), Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton (BJP) and NPF leader and former CM T R Zeliang, it has been unanimously resolved" that the new alliance will be called the 'United Democratic Alliance'. 

The peace talks between NSCN(IM) and the government were literally stalled for sometime as the militant group had issues with the former Nagaland Governor R N Ravi, who was also peace Interlocutor since 2014.

Ravi has now moved to Tamil Nadu as the new Governor in the southern state.

A K Mishra is a retired intelligence official and has been aware of the developments related to Naga peace talks.

On August 3, 2015, the NSCN (IM) signed a Framework Agreement with Interlocutor Ravi in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The NNPGs also inked a pact 'Preamble Agreement' or 'Agreed Position' on November 17, 2017. There is some latent rivalry between NSCN(IM) and NNPG, the umbrella group of various Naga groups.

The NSCN(IM) led by Thuingaleng Muivah has organisational strength in Naga dominated areas of Manipur.

All these have made the peace process complex though the parleys were at the final stage.

The NSCN (IM) demand of a separate Flag and a Constitution have been rejected by the government.

The NNPG – a conglomeration of seven militant groups – however says they are not insisting on any such demands and want an early solution to the problem and bring an end to violence.



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