New Delhi: Four years after the then Union home ministry under Rajnath Singh inked the Naga peace accord in 2015, the Centre on Friday said that the process had almost concluded, despite the fact that the talks had hit a roadblock in its final stages.
While the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) (NSCNK) faction has been in armed conflict with the state, the Centre had inked its pact with the NSCN (Iska-Muivah) faction, in August 2015, following which the peace talks had reduced in momentum.
While the NSCN I-M has issued statements in the past claiming that it wanted a separate Constitution, flag and integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas under Nagalim (Greater Nagaland), the Centre stated: “Unfortunately at this juncture, the NSCN (I-M) has adopted a procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution on which they are fully aware of the Government of India’s position. They have mischievously dragged in the Framework Agreement and began imputing imaginary contents to it."
The statement added: “Some NSCN (I-M) leaders through various media platforms are misleading the people with absurd assumptions and presumptions over what they have already agreed with the Government of India." The Centre said interlocutor R.N, Ravi on Friday had held a detailed consultation meeting with the primary stakeholders of the Naga society to discuss the “Framework Agreement with the (NSCN I-M) and the agreed position".
“A mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement, including all the substantive issues and competencies, is ready for inking the final agreement. Respecting the Naga people’s wishes, the Government of India is determined to conclude the peace process without delay. Endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable," the Centre said.