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3 Naga groups unite for talks with Centre to solve Naga issue

First Published: 31st December, 2023 18:07 IST

The decision was taken during a meeting attended by leaders of the three splinter groups.

The NSCN-Akato Chophy faction along with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khango (NSCN-K) and Naga National Council led by Z Royim, have decided to come to the table for talks with the Centre for a solution to the decades-old Naga Political issue.

The decision was taken during a meeting attended by leaders of the three splinter groups.
“The three groups have come together to have a joint political venture in 2024,” said Akato, while addressing journalists after the meeting in Dimapur in the presence of leaders of the other two groups.
Asked if they have already approached the Centre with their decision to hold a dialogue, he said that they have made separate approaches in the past but will make a joint effort now on the Naga issue.

Meanwhile, Akato also affirmed that they would be holding a dialogue separate from the negotiations being held by the Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (WC-NNPGs) with the Centre.
Akato states that the tree groups welcome like-minded organisations to join them for cause of Nagas
The Naga Political Issue is considered the longest-running insurgency in the country.

The Centre has been holding separate negotiations with NSCN-IM since 1997 and the WC NNPGs since 2017.

Eight years have passed since the signing of the acclaimed Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 with NSCN-IM and another six years have gone by following the inking of Agreed Position on November 17, 2017 with WC NNPGs.

The NSCN-IM has remained adamant on its demand for a separate flag and constitution for the Nagas as well as integration of Naga-inhabited areas spread over four states of India — Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland, and also Myanmar.

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