Rio-led delegation to meet Central leaders this week
Parliamentary Core Committee on Naga Political Issue held its second round of talks with Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (WC, NNPGs) at Rhododendron Hall, Police Complex, Chümoukedima here on Monday.
Prior to meeting the WC, NNPGs delegation, the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue held a closed-door meeting in the afternoon chaired by chief minister Neiphiu Rio.
Later, the core committee held another closed-door meeting with WC, NNPGs delegation led by its convener N Kitovi Zhimomi at the same venue.
Addressing the media after the meeting, United Democratic Alliance (UDA) chairman TR Zeliang disclosed that the core committee had requested WC, NNPGs not to indulge in paper war with other groups or any political party, adding that it would help the interlocutor to have a free mind to come to a conclusion.
He said Rio, deputy chief minister Y Patton and himself would meet Central leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on March 10 to discuss what best the Central government could think for Naga solution.
After hearing from the Centre, he mentioned that they would come back and hold talks with the two negotiating groups so that they could sit across the table to discuss and agree to come together for a solution.
Zeliang also informed the media that though Government of India’s representative for Naga talks, AK Mishra was supposed to meet the chief minister, deputy chief minister and himself in the first week of January, the meeting did not take place due to Assembly elections in some States.
As reported, Mishra is expected to arrive in Nagaland later this month to hold deliberations with Naga political groups and legislators.
Meanwhile, when asked about the second meeting with the core committee members, WC, NNPG co-convener Isak Sumi claimed that it was a “very fruitful discussion”, adding that the meeting proceeded without any reservation.
He mentioned that the meeting primarily focused on finding ways and means for pushing forward the Naga peace process in order to have a logical conclusion at the earliest.
On the speculations over the interlocutor meeting the negotiating groups, Sumi said they had been given some indications in this regard during the meeting on Monday, though no specific date was known to him.
As reported, talks were expected to resume soon after the culmination on Manipur Assembly elections, which ended on March 6.
It may also be mentioend that the State government has convened a consultative meeting with all stakeholders and elected representatives on March 9 to deliberate on the Naga peace process, among other issues, at the State Banquet Hall, chief minister’s residential complex, Kohima.