Center Unlikely To Accept NSCN-IM Demand

NEW DELHI, July 19 – Conscious of the ground realities, the Centre is unlikely to accept the NSCN (I-M)’s demand for unification of Naga inhabited areas, while guaranteeing territorial integrity of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

Sources said the Centre is willing to guarantee maximum autonomy to Nagaland under various provisions of the Constitution, to resolve the vexed Naga problem.

The Naga outfit has proposed a federal relationship with the Centre with additional financial and legislative powers, while the Government of India is keen to offer financial package for socio- cultural development of Naga people, said sources.

“Sustained negotiations over the past few months have led to a set of proposals for an honorable political settlement based on the uniqueness of Naga history and situation, which was recognized by the Government of India in 2002, as well as the contemporary realities and a future vision consistent with the imperatives of the 21st century,” a statement issued at the end of a fresh round of political dialogue on Monday, said.

The Central team was led by the Government of India representative and interlocutor, RS Pandey and NSCN’s team was led by its general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah.

“While the differences between the two parties have narrowed, some of the proposals would require further negotiations to reach a mutually acceptable solution. By appreciating and respecting each other’s position and difficulties, both the parties are confident of working out a settlement in the shortest possible time,” the statement said.

(Courtesy: The Assam Tribune)

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