NEW DELHI, Oct 22 - The Centre and the NSCN (I-M) are likely to meet yet again here on October 24 for another round of negotiation.
The development came even as Nagaland Chief Minister N Rio rushed to Delhi and called on important Central leaders, including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
According to sources, a crucial round of dialogue is scheduled to be held on Thursday between Nagaland Governor and Centre’s interlocutor RN Ravi and NSCN (I-M) leadership led by its general secretary Th Muivah.
The Centre has served an ultimatum on NSCN (I-M) leadership to come to an agreement on the vexed Naga problem by October 31.
The Chief Minister’s visit to the National Capital is crucial given that the Centre has hardened its stand on the Naga issue. Rio is expected to call on Union Home Minister Amit Shah as well.
The Centre has also made it clear that the demand for separate flag and constitution would not be accepted.
“Formalities for signing an agreement may take some time, but it is clear that there will be no more talk after October 31. Moreover, the government will not sign separate agreements with different groups and there will be only one agreement,” sources added.
It further informed that the Government of India is determined to conclude the peace process without delay respecting the Naga people’s wishes. Endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable, it was conveyed.
The Centre’s interlocutor and the NSCN (I-M) leadership held two separate rounds of discussion earlier this month but failed to break the deadlock.
In a press release titled ‘Truth about Indo-Naga Relations’, the NSCN (I-M) said it did its best in all fronts, be it military, diplomatic or political. “We were successful in mobilising for Naga’s cause across the five continents. We were given the privilege to speak in United Nations after we became a bona fide member of Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO).