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NSCN (I-M) insists on Naga flag, constitution
BHADRA GOGOI
 DIMAPUR, Oct 7 - The NSCN (I-M) today slammed reports that the draft Naga accord has been finalised, leaving aside issues like the Naga flag and constitution.

 The outfit clarified that talks on the Naga flag and constitution are going on with the Government of India in all seriousness. It said it had made its stand clear that there is no way forward on the Indo-Naga talks without finalising on the Naga flag and constitution.

“It has become a matter of ridiculous subject doing the rounds in the media circle that while the informal talk with the Government of India is going on to thrash out the core issues of Naga flag and Yehzabo (constitution), mischief mongers from certain media groups are indulging in wild projection that the Naga accord is finalised,” the ministry of the information and publicity of the NSCN (I-M) said in a release.

The release added that it is understood that certain officials from the MHA and security officials are working in tandem with some media groups with the twin purpose of putting pressure on the NSCN and confuse the Naga people on a Naga solution without the Naga flag and constitution. On the contrary, groundswell is building up fast among the Naga people that there is no meaning of bringing the Naga solution without flag and constitution.

Meanwhile, the Nagaland Government has called a consultative meeting of all stakeholders to discuss the Naga political issue and the ongoing peace talks between the Naga National Political Organisations and the Government of India. The meeting will be held in the State Banquet Hall at the Chief Minister’s Residential Complex in Kohima on October 15.

The State Government has invited all tribal hohos, mass-based organisations, civil societies, church organisations, political parties, NGOs and prominent persons to discuss the most important issue that “our society is presently faced with”.

The Government said it is of the view that the ceasefire and negotiations between the Naga Political Organisations and the Government of India have been going on for more than two decades, and that the Naga people have been crying out for peace and a political solution. It felt that the political issue needs to be addressed with utmost urgency by all sections of people in order to facilitate the early achievement of peace.

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