Government of India is toying with the idea of engaging all three Naga underground factions for peace talks. Confirming this, the Joint Secretary (North East), Ministry of Home Affairs Shambhu Singh told the Vision Communications that “eventually all three factions of the NSCN would be invited for peace talks before any final settlement is reached.”
The NSCN (IM) is holding talks with the Government of India for the past 14 years. At present, interlocutor R S Pandey is interacting with the NSCN (IM) at regular intervals. Talks apparently got stuck on the contentious issue of incorporation of the Naga inhabited areas of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The Government of India has made it clear that there would be no fresh redrawing of the existing boundary of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh as demanded by the NSCN (IM). On other issues, however, both sides reached a meeting point.
Keeping this in view the Government of India is planning to open dialogue with the GPRN/NSCN led by Khole-Kitovi which is keen to find out a settlement within the boundary of Nagaland. Peace process has already been initiated and an official announcement for starting formal peace talks is expected soon.
The General Secretary Kitovi N Zhimomi came to Delhi last week to put forward his group’s demand to the Union Home Ministry officials. He met the Joint Secretary (North East) Shambhu Singh and explained his group’s possible charter of demands. The ground work has begun to finalise the charter of demands, he added.
Despite delay and initial confusions, New Delhi finally inked extension of the ceasefire agreement with the NSCN (Khaplang) faction with a rider that they would not extend any help to anti-Indian insurgent outfits. By all indications, the Government of India is likely to invite the Khaplang faction also at a later stage for a “complete exercise” before any kind of settlement is inked.