The Nagaland Core Committee, comprising legislators – both from the ruling and opposition parties – will hold discussions with the NSCN-IM and NNPGs. 

While the core committee’s meeting with the NNPGs (Naga National Political Groups) is scheduled for 3pm on Tuesday, the meeting with the NSCN-IM is slated to be held on Wednesday at 10am. 

Notably, NSCN-IM general secretary – Thuingaleng Muivah will be present in the meeting with the core committee on Wednesday (July 21). 

The meeting with the NNPGs will be held at the Niathu Resort in Nagaland’s Dimapur on Tuesday. The core committee’s meeting with the NSCN-IM will be held at the Chumukedima police complex in Dimapur on Wednesday. 

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The Core Committee on Naga Political Issue, led by Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, had called for “one solution and one agreement” to the decades-old Indo-Naga political issue. 

The core committee, comprising 15 MLAs–five each from BJP and NPF, four from NDPP and one Independent – was constituted by the Nagaland government on June 9. 

The NSCN (IM) signed the “Framework Agreement” with the Centre on August 3, 2015, while the working committee of six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) inked a separate agreement – “Agreed Position” – with the Centre on November 17, 2017. 

The Naga talks hit a deadlock in early 2020 after the NSCN-IM refused to sit for discussions with interlocutor and Nagaland Governor RN Ravi.  

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Since then, a team of Intelligence Bureau (IB) has been carrying forward the negotiations with the NSCN-IM. 

The NSCN-IM has been on loggerheads with the Centre over its demands for “a separate constitution and a flag for the Nagas”.  

Moreover, the NSCN-IM has also been demanding merger of all Naga inhabited areas in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.   

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com