New Delhi, October 21, 2022: Separatist outfit National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak Muivah) or NSCN (I-M) and Naga National Political Groups, or NNPG, an amalgam of political groups, reached an agreement to form a Council of Naga Relationships & Cooperation to pursue the future course of Nagaland talks jointly.
The meeting was held in Kolkata early this week, where discussions were held between different parties and separatist leaders to explore ways for Nagas to move forward based on Naga’s historical and political rights.
The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) took the initiative. Naga People’s Front (NPF), a regional political party, has greeted and welcomed the agreement calling it as a positive forward step.
Calling the decision bold and outright, NPF said that our Almighty God is finally answering Naga citizens’ “earnest prayer for unity and reconciliation.” Commending the FNR for the initiative said, “the achievement will be marked as the red-letter day for the Naga people.”
“The NPF hopes that with this significant development and decision, the Nagas can be optimistic that our long yearning for peace and unity amongst our brothers will be a reality soon and wish both the groups the best for their next endeavour,” said a press release issued by NPF.
The press release wishing for an honourable, acceptable and inclusive resolution to the lingering Naga issue said, “NPF was formed as a political party with the objective and foremost priority for the early resolution to the Naga political issue, and the party has fervently urged upon the Government of India to hear the cries of the Naga people and expedite for an early resolution.”
Last month, the leaders of the NSCN-IM and NNPGs signed the ‘September Joint Accordant’ to pursue understanding among Nagas and incrementally progress forward.
New Delhi and Naga insurgents have completed 25 years of ongoing Peace talks. Political Pundits of Naga peace talks caution that one needs to tread the path of the” conversations” with the least expectations, with lessons learned from past mistakes and no public statements.
Naga political pundits are happy that future talks will occur directly between collective Naga insurgent groups and New Delhi decision-makers.
It was July 25, 1997, when the NSCN-IM signed a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India. It was the beginning of peace talks to toil on the trust deficit.
Since then, the people of Nagaland have been more open to development projects, travelling outside Nagaland and looking for advanced educational courses and jobs on the Country’s mainland, mainly in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai.
One finds a more significant number of flights from Nagaland’s Dimapur to the rest of the Country, hence more connectivity. The process of peace talks at least opened the closed and distant minds searching for acceptable solutions.
The peace accord framework agreement took over 80 rounds of negotiations spanning 18 years. The first breakthrough in the talks came in 1997, achieving a ceasefire between the troops and insurgents.