NEW DELHI: They have come a long way but differences still persist or there are hurdles. Some Naga groups from Manipur are yet to meet the leaders of umbrella organization Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) in Nagaland.
A few met and have endorsed the NNPG stand, like the Zeliangrong Nagas and there is still another group which met but declined to issue a joint statement.
N Kitovi Zhimomi, 64, is a pragmatic Naga militant leader and is now clamouring for peace and a lasting solution to the Naga political imbroglio.
"Meeting our Naga brothers will dispel misgivings," Kitovi told a meeting of Naga leaders from Manipur.
The Poumai Naga groups and others under the banner of United Naga Council (UNC) met Kitovi and other NNPG leaders in Dimapur on Tuesday.
"The meeting concluded with a strong emphasis on peace in our land and peaceful co-existence of all Naga neighbours," says a statement from the Working Committee, NNPG.
The umbrella organization of seven militant groups, operating mostly in Nagaland, had inked an agreed position paper with the Centre in 2017 and is now keenly awaiting a final peace pact.
During the last few days, amid mounting pressure on other players, including a section of Nagaland's politicians who allegedly favoured a status quo, the NNPG has managed 'support' to their cause and agreement with the Centre.
A number of Naga organizations from Arunachal Pradesh, including a women-run body, and the Zeliangrong Nagas of Manipur and Assam have after separate meetings backed the NNPG giving the peace process and clamour for an early solution a mega push.
On the other hand, the NSCN-IM still remains firm about their demands for a Flag and a separate Naga constitution.
The Central Government has categorically rejected the demand more than once.
Sources close to NNPG have said that as reports of the Pan Naga Hoho and the real intent came to light, the NSCN-IM stood "exposed"
During Tuesday's meeting with UNC leaders, Kitovi insisted that "it was appropriate time to meet Naga brothers, be it from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam or Nagaland because limiting oneself to just group or one leader will not be in the interest of Nagas today." (IANS)