Yesterday it was indeed a historic day for Northeast Nagas. The stable and constructive outcome of the formal talks between India's government and the Naga negotiators has raised the people's spirit and mood, which have been anxiously waiting for the outcome of the talks for the past few days.
At today's last meeting between India's government and NSCN-IM in New Delhi, a mutual understanding on the use of the Naga flag was reached, sources reported. The GoI agreed on the Naga flag that can be used as a "cultural identity" in Naga homeland.
The request for a separate constitution is still unresolved, however, and sources of government have told that the matter will be dealt with in the shortest possible time through a peaceful political process.
On the other side, with the final settlement yet to be achieved, a clarification has been given by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) saying, "Lots of rumors and misinformation are circulating in the media including social media that the final Naga settlement has been reached and will be announced soon. In some parts of the country, this creates anxiety and concern.
It is clarified that before any settlement with Naga groups is reached, all stakeholders, including Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, will be properly consulted and their concerns will be taken into account. "Political leaders and civil societies have expressed joy at the historic breakthrough, even as they hope it will pave the way for peace and social growth.
An elated Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio tweeted, “It is a historic moment and an occasion of great joy for all Nagas and the nation as a whole. Peace will now pave the way for genuine progress and true nation-building.”
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