Amit Shah discusses the peace pact with Naga chiefs

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According to reports, Naga chiefs and Home Minister Amit Shah met on Monday to discuss the long-delayed Naga peace pact. Neiphiu Rio, the chief minister of Nagaland, served as the group’s leader.

The Ministry of Home Affairs pledged in a statement to resolve Naga issues to the satisfaction of all parties involved.

“Today in New Delhi, Shri Amit Shah, Union Home & Cooperation Minister, met with a cross-section of the political leadership of Naga Groups, led by Shri Neiphu Riu, Chief Minister of Nagaland. There were many topics covered throughout the meeting. The government of India has been working to find solutions to the numerous complex issues involved in the Naga discussions, which have been ongoing for a number of years, according to the statement.

Since talks are still ongoing, the statement further labelled reports on potential solutions as “speculative.”

Since several years ago, the government has engaged in negotiations with various Naga organisations, including the major one, the National Security Council of Nagalim-Isak Muivah, over the political situation involving the Nagas (NSCN-IM).

The government and the NSCN-IM signed a Framework Agreement in 2015 to give the peace agreement its final form. It’s still a work in progress after seven years. The Centre has denied the NSCN-demands IM’s for a separate constitution and “national flag.”

Akshay Mishra, a former IB special director who served as the Centre’s negotiator, is rumoured to have suggested to the group that they be given a “cultural flag.” This was rejected by NSCN-IM.

According to sources, the NSCN-stubborn IM’s attitude is a major reason why the pact has not yet been finalised, even though other Naga organisations are willing to accept the Centre’s demands and put an end to the state’s protracted conflict.