Oct 08, 2012

Nagalim: Concerns About Peace Dialogue

The 15-year long dialogue on a peace agreement between the NSCN-IM and the government of India is coming to a conclusion. Although lately the Indian politics has given some worries to Naga leaders and intellectuals as the agreement between the NSCN-IM and New Delhi, is now likely to take longer than expected.

Below is an article published by Hueiyen News Service:

For the last few months there have been high expectations among the Nagas that the 15-year long dialogue between the NSCN-IM and the government of India is coming to a conclusion.

The visit of the Naga Hoho delegation to New Delhi from September 20 to September 29, [2012] and the disclosure made by these Naga Hoho leaders after their return to Nagaland had even risen the tempo of hope among the Nagas.

The Naga Hoho delegation had said that "very soon" the solution would be arrived at.

However, due to the threat to the stability of the UPA government at the Centre following the Trinamool Congress' withdrawal of support to the former and the much talked 'No Confidence Motion', Naga leaders are a bit nervous today.

Talking to Newmai News Network today, United Naga Council (UNC) general secretary Gaidon Kamei observed that instability of the government at the Centre will hamper in arriving at any decision on major issue by the government.

'This is quite usual and history says this," stated the UNC leader.

"But we are hoping that everything pertaining to the Naga peace talk would be alright," Gaidon Kamei added.

Taking to NNN from Kohima, Naga Hoho general secretary Chuba Ozukam, however, said that though it may take longer time but the Naga peace talk would not be affected in anyway. He recalled that the Naga Hoho leaders met P Chidabaram, the Union Finance Minister recently and "going by his words, we are optimistic" .

On the other hand, All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) general secrtetary Seth Satshang has stated categorically that the talk between the "NSCN and the government of India will not be affected in anyway" .

He said the Nagas are not talking with a political party but the government of India, Seth Sathshang added. NSCN-IM top leader V.S Atem said that it is hard to say anything. "I have nothing to comment," was what the former NSCN 'Army Chief" had to say when asked about the outcome of the talk if the UPA government is disturbed.