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Manipur: Mao Students’ body hoists separate Flag for Naga Independence Day amid peace talks with Centre

The Mao Students’ Union (MSU) hoisted the Naga National Flag on the occasion of 74th Naga Independence Day at MSU Office Headquarters Tadubi, Senapati in Manipur.

The separate Naga flag and the constitution were the demands of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and the NNPGs. However, the Government of India has categorically rejected these two demands.

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Meanwhile, the Centre has decided to conclude the decades-old peace talks with the NSCN (IM) and NNPGs (Naga National Political Groups) in Nagaland by September this year. For this, a round of marathon meetings held between the collective leadership of the NSCN (I-M) and the Prime Minister’s special envoy for Naga talks R.N. Ravi, who is also the governor of Nagaland.

The Prime Minister’s Office has set a September deadline for the final settlement of all Naga political issues. However, the date and place of signing of the historic peace accord have not been finalised.

Also read: Nagaland: Peace talks between Centre, NSCN-IM and NNPGs likely to conclude by September

It may be mentioned that the government has rejected the demand for a separate flag and constitution for Nagaland. Saying these two contentious issues may be left for negotiations between the state and Central governments after the signing of the accord, the sources said a vested interest group was working overtime to derail the peace process.

According to sources, the interlocutor and NSCN (I-M) negotiators may have more than one or two rounds of meetings before finalisation of the modalities of the Naga pact for which the NSCN (I-M), the working committee of Naga National Political Groups and other stakeholders will be the signatories.

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