A meeting between Govt of India and a 15-member delegation from the NSCN-IM led by Ato Kilonser Th Muivah, NSCN-IM General Secretary is currently underway at New Delhi. The Government of India has set October 31 as the deadline for the 'final solution' to the vexed Naga issue.
The Centre’s interlocutor, R N Ravi, and the NSCN (I-M) leadership held two separate rounds of discussion earlier this month but failed to break the deadlock to find a 'final solution' to the Naga issue.
While Ravi has accused the NSCN (IM) of procrastinating over the issue of a separate Naga flag and Constitution, the NSCN (IM) has refused to budge from its position.
With many of the parties giving different versions of the events, Ravi has clarified that the NSCN (IM), one of the primary stakeholders, has been delaying the process by bringing up the “contentious” issue of a separate Naga flag and Constitution.
The Centre had signed a framework agreement with the NSCN (IM) on August 3, 2015 to find a solution to the Naga issue, but Ravi has accused the organization of adopting a “procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement, raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution”.
Criticizing the NSCN (IM), Ravi had also stated that the “endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable.”
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