“Need a separate flag and Constitution”: Naga group reiterates stance

Kohima: Nagaland’s foremost armed rebel group involved in the peace talks, the NSCN-IM, on Friday said that without a separate flag and constitution, the peace deal with the central government will not lead to an honourable solution.

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A joint council meeting of the NSCN-IM on Friday deliberated on the “historical and political rights of the Naga people” and how the “Indo-Naga political talks” reached this far.

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The meeting was held at the central headquarters in Hebron near Dimapur in Nagaland. The hardened stand of the NSCN-IM comes at a time when the peace talks have been hit a deadlock because of differences between the group and the interlocutor RN Ravi, the governor of Nagaland.

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“The house had unanimously adopted the resolution to reiterate the stand of NSCN-IM that the ‘Naga national flag and Yehzabo (constitution) must form a part of the Indo-Naga political solution in order to qualify the Naga deal as honourable and acceptable,” NSCN-IM said in a press statement.

They also added that the centre and the NSCN-IM must seek a “final agreement” based on the historic Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015.

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