Talks with NSCN-IM remain inconclusive

‘Peace process will continue’

October 24, 2019 09:58 pm | Updated October 25, 2019 01:39 am IST - New Delhi

General secretary of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), Thuingaleng Muivah. File

General secretary of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), Thuingaleng Muivah. File

As the deadline to sign the final Naga peace accord nears, Naga interlocutor R.N. Ravi’s talks with the NSCN (National Socialist Council of Nagaland)-IM (Isak-Muivah) on Thursday remained inconclusive.

Another round of negotiations are to be held after five days, a couple of days before the October 31 deadline, a civil society member said.

A meeting of six Naga National Political Grouaps (NNPGs) with Mr. Ravi is scheduled on Saturday. Mr. Ravi signed a preamble in November 2017 with the NNPGs to further hold discussions on the issue.

Accusing the NSCN-IM, one of the largest Naga groups with which he, on behalf of the Government of India, signed a framework agreement on August 3, 2015, Mr. Ravi said that “endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable. ”

NSCN-IM’s army chief Anthony Shimray said the peace process will continue. “The Naga national flag and Naga constitution raised during the discussions were neither accepted nor rejected. The talks today (Thursday) were inconclusive but it will be extended and there will be more consultations,” he said.

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