After a gap of two years, the peace talks between the Centre and National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) has resumed with the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) AK Mishra meeting the rebel outfit's general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah in Dimapur on Monday.
Addressing the media after the meeting, NSCN-IM leader RH Raising said that everything should be initiated on the basis of the Framework Agreement signed with the government in 2015.
Stating that a separate flag and constitution are uncompromising issues, Raising said, "Any agreement without a separate flag and constitution is unacceptable and meaningless. The solution must be inclusive. We can't sign an agreement ignoring the sentiments of our cadres."
Both Mishra and other NSCN-IM leaders remained tight-lipped about the details of the discussions held in Monday's crucial meeting, which took place for the first time after the Union government on September 9 transferred Nagaland Governor Ravindra Narayan Ravi to Tamil Nadu.
On the other hand, in another major development, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and his Nagaland counterpart Neiphiu Rio will meet Muivah today.
It may be mentioned, Ravi was the Centre's interlocutor for the much-debated Naga peace talks, which are in the last stages of its finalisation, as per reports.
The peace talks ran into trouble when Ravi was alleged of circulating a "doctored" version of the Framework Agreement and even a bitter spat between Ravi and the NSCN-IM led to the latter being relieved from his responsibilities as the interlocutor.
Subsequently, Mishra was roped in with a senior serving IB official to continue the engagements with NSCN-IM, followed by their informal meetings with the outfit’s leadership.
For the last year, Muivah has maintained that only Ravi’s removal from the post of interlocutor would ensure the talks’ progress.
Speaking the inclusion of Sarma in the peace talks, a senior Nagaland government official said, "For the first time, Sarma might have been assigned by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to talk with all the stakeholders and get everyone on board before a final agreement is inked over the protracted Naga issue."
The Centre is holding parallel talks with seven other groups which came together under the banner of Naga National Political Groups or NNPGs and Raising said the NSCN-IM has already made its position clear that the solution would be inclusive.