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Government Cautious, Naga Groups, Civil Society Elated Over Outcome of Talks

Published Nov 01, 2019
Updated Mar 28, 2020

Naga groups on board for an accord, however resistance from Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh and other communities as Kukis delays final deal

Ministry of Home Affairs issued a press release on 31-October, 2019 timed at 19:51 entitled ‘A clarification on the Naga settlement issue’  wherein it was stated, “It has come to notice of the Government that lots of rumours and  misinformation is being spread in media including social media that final Naga settlement has been arrived at and will be announced soon. This is creating  anxiety and concern in some parts of the country.

It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including States of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration.

No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information”.

This came about as a number of media sources close to Naga groups proclaimed that the two sides – the Government of India and the NSCN IM had reached an agreement on the most contentious issue of flag and Constitution.

A senior NSCN (I-M) leader, who was part of the delegation, confirmed to Nagaland Post that both sides “finalised all contentious issues” and agreed to pursue it through “peaceful political process”.

However, NSCN (I-M) leader added, “We still have to give competencies the final touch for final solution.”

The outcome would imply the next steps with two Naga negotiating groups- NSCN (I-M) and Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs)- together in next few weeks to work out modalities so to eventually sign a final agreement.

After signing of the Framework Agreement in 2015, the NSCN(I-M) raised the issue of Naga flag and constitution during the past two years and over which both the government of India and NSCN (I-M) could not make any headway.

The government is cautious due to likely resistance from the three states Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh and also the different ethnic groups.

For instance the Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC)  is resisting the policies towards the Tangkhul-led Nagas at the cost of the Kukis,  who are also one of the larger communities in many of the hill districts in Manipur which are likely to be provided the benefit of a territorial council.

Thus the hard part of the negotiations may begin now to work out the format of the regional territorial councils that are acceptable to the Nagas as well as other communities in the North East.