Monday, February 6, 2023

Shah to be given July 16 resolution

Though unconfirmed, yet reliable sources, privy to political decisions, have informed Nagaland Post that the July 16, 2022 resolution adopted by the Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCoNPI) has yet to be officially communicated to the Centre.
It may be recalled that on July 16, the CCoNPI adopted a four-point resolution that was a marked departure from the past which came against the backdrop of mounting resentment by public and opposition parties at the manner the ruling coalition has been ‘shadow boxing’ and disinclined to tell the government of India the facts on the ground.
The 4-point CCoNPI resolution finally admitted (No.3) that “since the talks has been concluded officially on 31st October 2019, the Hon’ble Prime Minister and the Hon’ble Union Home Minister is urged upon to invite the NSCN (IM) leaders for an early conclusion.”
(Though then Interlocutor R.N. Ravi who was involved in negotiations had stated several times, that talks have concluded and even mentioned it in his address to the NLA on February 12, 2021; yet the PDA government and then UDA continued to insist that talks were on.)
Next, the resolution also appealed to the negotiating parties “to refer to the competencies as reflected in the Framework Agreement of 3rd August 2015 signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM to arrive at a mutually acceptable definition of competencies to resolve this contentious issue at the earliest, and bring about a final solution that is honourable, acceptable and inclusive.”
CCoNPI delegation led by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, co-convenors– deputy CM Y. Patton, UDA chairman T.R. Zeliang and UDA co-chairman Kuzholuzo Neinu– had met government of India’s Representative to Naga Political Issue A.K. Mishra on September 8.
Sources told Nagaland Post that a copy of the four-point resolution was also handed to AK Mishra during the meeting held on Thursday at Nagaland House, Delhi.
CCoNPI was to meet Union home minister Amit Shah on September 9 but as latter was preoccupied with other programmes, the committee members are likely to meet Shah on September 12, sources said. On meeting Shah, the CCoNPI is expected to hand over a copy of the July 16 resolution.
It may be recalled that chief minister Rio on August 12 had informed mediapersons, that after the July 16 resolution was adopted, he had met with Union Home minister Amit Shah, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and government of India’s representative to Naga political issue, A.K. Mishra.
Flag & constitution: The insistence on Naga flag and Yehabo (Naga constitution) in the agreement, has temporarily stalled finalisation for inking solution.
A recent report in a national news media that Centre has agreed to the demands has sharply contradicted the stand of the government of India.
Reacting to the report that Centre is agreeing to incorporate Naga constitution into the Indian constitution and allow Naga flag to be used for civil and cultural purpose, a CCoNPI member said it was nothing new.
He said this was already agreed and conveyed during RN Ravi’s tenure as the Interlocutor for Naga talks.
It may be mentioned that, Ravi, in an exclusive interview with Nagaland Post in 2019 had categorically stated that the Government of India was ready to consider Naga flag for Pan Naga cultural body and to term the final agreement as Naga “Yehzabo”. He, however, added that the Naga negotiators were not agreeable to it.
Even the legislators have conveyed the same, in public, on several occasions.
A senior official, on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the Centre was not averse to terming the final agreement as ‘Yehzabo’ and use of Naga flag for cultural purposes.

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