- Nagaland's armed rebel group insists on separate flag and constitution
- Differences emerged from state negotiator RN Ravi, chief negotiator of peace talks
- Naga group encamps in New Delhi to talk to MHA without governor
Naga peace talk has once again caused hurdles. Nagaland's leading armed rebel group, NSCN-IM, has been adamant on demanding a separate flag and constitution. The rebel group said on Friday (18 September) that without a separate flag and constitution, there could be no honorable peace agreement with the central government. A joint council meeting of the NSCN-IM was held on Friday in which the "historical and political rights of the Naga people" and how the "Indo-Naga political dialogue" reached its conclusion.
The meeting was held at the central headquarters in Hebron near Dimapur in Nagaland. The tough stand of the NSCN-IM has come at a time when the peace talks have been hit by deadlock as there are differences between the group and the negotiator (Nagaland Governor RN Ravi).
NSCN-IM said in a press release, "To reiterate NSCN-IM's stance, the House has unanimously adopted the resolution that 'the Naga national flag and Yehzbao (constitution) to make the Naga deal honorable and acceptable to India -Naga should be part of the political solution. "
The release also stated that the Center and NSCN-IM should seek a "final agreement" only on the basis of the Historical Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015.
The episode comes at a time when a delegation of top leaders of NSCN-IM, including the Secretary-General Thuilingeng Muivah, is camping in New Delhi to pursue negotiations with the Home Ministry and Intelligence Bureau officials without the Nagaland Governor and Chief Negotiator .