NE nervous as Naga agreement reached, not announced

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The North East today woke up in nervousness not knowing the exact content of Naga agreement, reached last night, but would be announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Hornbill festival.

Manipur is on the edge and there were protest till late night and sensing trouble, the Ministry of Home Affairs has put out a press release assuring that all sides of the taken into consideration.

This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country, the MHA said, clarifying that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders, including the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration, the MHA statement said.

“No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information,” the MHA added.

Notwithstanding, the Manipur remain on the edge.  Meanwhile there are reports that NSCN (IM) demand for flag has been accepted by the Centre but with conditions.

According to Naga sources, the NSCN (I-M) can use their ‘flag’ in pan-Naga Hohos, sports and special events of the Nagas. Official use of the flag at government functions, office campuses, and buildings has not been approved, sources added.

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This is in keeping with the stand of the Centre to allow the Nagas to use cultural flags but not political flags, sources said, adding, on the issue of a separate constitution no meeting point was reached between the Centre and NSCN (I-M).

The talks yesterday were held in two phases in the morning hours and then again in the afternoon. Nagaland Governor RN Ravi, who is also the Centre’s interlocutor, while its general secretary Th Muivah led the NSCN (I-M), headed the government side.

The NSCN source said they hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make some significant announcement pertaining to resolution of the vexed Naga problem, when he visits Nagaland to take part in the Hornbill Festival on December 1. “It will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gift to the people of Nagaland during that time,” a Naga news portal announced.

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