Naga accord draft to be finalised quickly

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 7

Rejecting the demand for separate Constitution and flag, the government has decided to begin work on the final draft of the Naga peace accord and sign it with all other armed rebel groups and civil society organisations of Nagaland soon leaving the defiant National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), sources in the security establishment said.

Noting that a section of NSCN (I-M) led by its secretary general Th Muivah has not yet indicated their willingness to sign the pact, the sources asserted that the government would go ahead to sign the pact with all other stakeholders, who have so far given their approval to the broad contours of the “final draft agreement”, which are aimed at bringing an end to decades-old trouble in Nagaland.

Sources noted that the negotiation between Naga rebel groups on all issues have already concluded and a consensus has been created for signing of the peace accord.

As Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks and Governor of Nagaland RN Ravi has arrived in New Delhi to finalise the draft of peace accord, the security sources said talks between the NSCN (I-M) leadership led by its general secretary Th Muivah and Intelligence Bureau officers also concluded 10 days ago. They asserted that even during negotiations with IB officials, their demands for a separate flag and constitution for Nagaland have been rejected.

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