Indo-Naga peace talks could dominate Amit Shah visit

Indo-Naga peace talks could dominate Amit Shah visit

TMB Report

Imphal: The decade long ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks is likely to reach a final amicable solution during his one day visit to Imphal on November 29, 2020. He will be landing in Imphal at around 11.35 AM morning at Imphal International Airport.

On his one-day tour in Imphal, Amit Shah will be meeting with chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his cabinet council ministers and will also discuss different issues namely border, terrorism, drug issue at Indo-Myanmar border, Suspension of Operation (SoO) Kuki militant’s groups and modification of Six Schedule. On top of that, he will be inaugurating five major projects and laying foundation stones on the day at the City Convention, Konung Mamang Palace Compound. On the same day, he will be leaving Imphal City for the neighboring state of Assam.

As per information received, it is not yet clear whether Amit Shah will be meeting the leaders of the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) or not. It may be mentioned that the chief minister has been invited to Delhi to discuss various issues before any agreement is reached between the Government of India, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) and the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG), which is an umbrella body of seven Naga insurgent groups. Negotiations between the Modi government and the NSCN(I-M) have intensified over the past few months but remain inconclusive with both sides maintaining their respective stands over the I-M’s demand for a separate Naga flag and constitution.

It has been over 23 years since talks between the NSCN(I-M) and the government officially began in 1997. In August 2015, the Union government signed a Framework Agreement with the NSCN (I-M) to seek a final solution. The NNPGs joined the talks later by signing a ‘Deed of Commitment’ with the government in 2017.

After the supposed ‘conclusion’ of the peace talks on October 31, 2019, the government had issued a statement dispelling rumours of a breakthrough in talks. It said any settlement with the Naga groups would be reached only after consultations with all stakeholders including Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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