Manipur Northeast

No talks yet with centre on Naga issue, says Manipur government

-Avishek Sengupta

The government of Manipur on Wednesday said it did not hold any discussions with the central government till date on the Naga peace talks.

According to media reports, Rehanuddin Choudhury, joint secretary (home), said the Manipur government had earlier requested the Union home ministry to provide a copy of the draft accord at least a month before the date fixed for consultation so that the state government could express its views and comments.

Parts of Manipur is included in the Nagalim, the sovereign state demanded by the NSCN-IM that also includes parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and neighbouring country Mayanmar along with the current boundaries of Nagaland.

NSCN-IM has been demanding a separate flag and constitution, which the Centre has ruled out. While talks between NSCN-IM and the government of India are caught in a stalemate with the NSCN-IM seeking the replacement of interlocutor RN Ravi.

NewsMove had earlier reported that a delegation of Naga Hoho, the main tribal body of Nagaland had recently met the Union minister of State for PMO, Jitendra Singh and asked him to seriously review Nagaland Governor RN Ravi’s role as interlocutor for Naga talk.

Also, The Naga People’s Front (NPF) had withdrawn its membership from Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) on Naga political issue on August 18, 2020.

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