Kohima: The Centre has asked the all-party Nagaland government to convince NSCN-IM to ink the final solution to the protracted Naga political issue (NPI), state Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Neiba Kronu said on Monday.
The message was conveyed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah to an 11-member delegation of the Nagaland government's Core Committee on the Naga political issue, led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, during a meeting held in New Delhi on Monday.
As per reports, it was stated by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu.
With regard to the issues of Integration, Regional Autonomous Territorial Council, usage of the Naga flag and Constitution, and other unresolved competencies, he said that the state government has requested the Centre and NSCN-IM to discuss and settle the issues.
Moreover, the union home ministry in a series of tweets said talks over the Naga issues have been in progress for several years. "It has always been the endeavour of the Government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to have a peaceful and prosperous North East," a statement said.
Noting "many complicated issues that are involved in the Naga talks", the MHA said the government is determined to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion to the negotiations. "Since negotiations are still ongoing, and report on possible solutions to various issues during the negotiations would only be speculative," it added.
Kronu, who also holds the planning and coordination and land revenue portfolios, said the team submitted the July 16 resolution of the Core Committee and asked Shah to re-visit the contentious issues and bring a solution to the issue.
The delegation stressed on a provision in the resolution which laid emphasis on the negotiating parties arriving at a "mutually acceptable definition of competencies" to resolve the contentious issue at the earliest and bring about an "honourable, acceptable and inclusive" final solution, as per reports, by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Kronu quoted as saying.
The delegation included United Democratic Alliance (UDA) chairman T R Zeliang, its co-chairman Kuzholuzo Nienu, cabinet ministers G Kaito Aye, S Pangnyu Phom, Neiba Kronu and Tongpang Ozukum, advisors H Khehovi Yeptho and Phukhayi and MLA Khriehu Liezietsu, he said.