Crucial NSCN (IM) meets today – The Sangai Express
Kohima, May 30
The all-important National Emergency Assembly of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) will be held at the Naga Army Headquarters Church in Hebron Camp, the designated camp on Tuesday. of the dominant Naga group near Dimapur.
In a circular, the NSCN(IM) asked eight categories of its members to attend the National Emergency Assembly, which is significant given the Naga peace talks.
The NSCN (IM) recently stated categorically that “the Naga national flag symbolizes Naga political identity and is non-negotiable”.
A source close to the Naga mainstream outfit told IANS on Monday that the ongoing peace talks would be the key agenda for the meeting.
In the editorial of its latest newsletter “Nagalim Voice”, the outfit said that it was unthinkable for NSCN (IM) to accept the Naga national flag as a cultural symbol as implied by the Indian government.
After signing a formal ceasefire agreement with the NSCN(IM) in 1997, the central government held more than 85 rounds of negotiations with the NSCN(IM) and other Naga groups.
However, the NSCN(IM) insistence on a separate Naga flag and constitution became a major obstacle to resolving the Naga problem.
The former interlocutor then governor of Nagaland, RN Ravi had rejected these requests on several occasions.
The editorial in the May issue of Nagalim Voice, referring to the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015, said: “Today NSCN is observing how Prime Minister Narendra Modi will handle the Framework Agreement with the NSCN and the Naga people whom he himself took so much pride and credit for.”
“When the much publicized Framework Agreement was signed, Modi became histrionic as he called all the political leaders who matter to announce that he had solved the oldest insurgency movement in Southeast Asia.
“The world at large, however, was unimpressed and waited to see how he would match his words with actions acceptable to the Naga people,” it read.
After Ravi was handed over to the governorship of Tamil Nadu last year, former Special Intelligence Bureau Director AK Mishra was appointed for the Naga peace talks.
Mishra has visited Nagaland twice since September last year and held a series of meetings with all stakeholders.
Mishra, during his first visit to Nagaland, also discussed the Naga issue with the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also the head of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the North East unit of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Mishra, during his second week-long visit from April 18, met with Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, leaders of NSCN (IM), National Naga Political Groups (NNPG), Central Committee on Naga political issues, as well as Naga civil society. and discussed the issue.