NSCN-IM Agrees to Resume Peace talks with Central Government

Varanasi: Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a seminar at Varanasi Kashi Hindu University, in Varanasi, Thursday, oct. 17, 2019. (PTI Photo)(PTI10_17_2019_000048B)

TR Zeliang, president of the United Democratic Alliance of Nagaland, claimed that the NSCN-IM has agreed to resume talks with the Centre to resolve the troubles in the peace process. Zeliang is also the co-chair of the state government’s key committee on the Naga issue. A delegation of NSCN-IM is likely to leave for Delhi on Monday, he said.

Talks between the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isaac Muivah (NSCN-IM) have been stalled since May. A two-hour meeting was held in Chumokedima on Saturday between the members of the main committee and representatives of the NSCN-IM. The meeting was called after the Centre asked the core panel headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to convince the extremist organization for peace talks and reach a final solution.

The central government has been in talks with the NSCN (IM) since 1997 and the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG), a seven-organisation group, in two separate series since 2017.