Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) has reiterated that it has not compromised with the aspiration of the Naga people on separate Naga national Flag and Constitution adding these were an integral part of the ongoing negotiation.
Highly placed source in the WC of NNPGs informed Nagaland Post that the committee held a marathon meeting with government of India’s Representative and Interlocutor to Naga Peace Talks, R. N. Ravi on Saturday in New Delhi, where it reiterated the desire of Nagas for separate Naga national flag and constitution.
The source said both the negotiating parties arrived at a mutual understanding that since the issue could not be resolved at the present juncture, it would be would be pursued through democratic political process post-solution.
Keeping in mind the Naga people’s desire and support for early solution the source said the negotiating parties have resolved to conclude the talk at the earliest.
Meanwhile, in a bid for concluding the ongoing peace process and fulfil the three-month timeframe, the government of India’s Representative and Interlocutor to Naga Peace Talks R.N. Ravi has called for a consultative meeting with Primary Stakeholders, church leaders and civil society organisations on October 18, 2:30 p.m. at Japfu Hotel, Kohima.
Reliable sources have confirmed that invitation for the meeting was sent to Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF), United Naga Council (UNC) and 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland.
It maybe be mentioned that WC of NNPGs through its convenor, N Kitovi Zhimomi, in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post on October 6, asserted that the committee was ready to conclude the talk.
NNPGs had also made it clear that the solution to Naga peace talk should not be kept on hold as there was “no problem between Government of India and Nagas of Nagaland”.
Seven groups of NNPGs which entered the Naga Peace Process at the later part of 2017 signed an agreement with government of India on November 17, 2017, which the former termed as “agreed position” or “preamble”.
Governor of Nagaland, who is also the Interlocutor, is in Delhi held both formal and informal meetings with leaders of NSCN (I-M) and WC of NNPGs leaders within this week. All negotiating parties were likely to hold another round of meeting, separately, next week.
With the three-month time-frame expiring within couple of weeks, government of India and the negotiating parties were keen to iron out issues or loose ends before inking the final agreement.