Meeting between NSCN(I-M) and Centre called off

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10 Aug 2018

In the face of widespread protests, the Centre is learnt to have called off a proposed meeting between representatives of the Union Home Ministry and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak – Muivah) in Arunachal Pradesh, scheduled on Thursday.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has urged the Chief Minister Pema Khandu to persuade the Centre not to hold the proposed meeting. The proposed meeting was to be held between Joint Secretary (NE) Union Home Ministry Satyendra Garg and NSCN (I-M) vice chairman self-styled Gen V S Atem (Retd) along with the collective leadership of the outfit at Deomali in Tirap district in Arunachal Pradesh.
The meeting had been proposed without taking the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh into confidence, an AAPSU memorandum submitted to Khandu said. "The AAPSU welcomes the peace talk between the Centre and NSCN-IM, but not at the cost of territorial and administrative integrity of the state," it said.
"It is a pre-meditated attempt on their part to create confusion on the purported peace talk framework and sabotage peace in the state, when the content of the Indo-Naga peace talk framework agreement which was signed on August 3, 2015, is still shrouded in mystery and yet to be made public," the AAPSU said.
The memorandum also expressed concern on NSCN (I-M) demand for creating 'Greater Nagalim' comprising several areas in neighbouring states including Arunachal Pradesh.
Condemning violence and atrocities on Arunachalees allegedly by the cadres of the NSCN(I-M), the AAPSU appealed to the Centre to expedite the process of deleting 'any other Naga Tribe' suffixed to the Schedule Tribe certificate issued to tribes such as Wancho, Nocte and Tangsa of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts. They claimed the term 'any other Naga tribe' was given by the British and then adopted in the Constitution without verification.
Meanwhile, protest is also snowballing in Manipur against the Framework Agreement signed by the Centre with the NSCN(I-M).  Defying prohibitory orders a large number of women earlier this week held a demonstration near the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar raising slogans to save Manipur's territorial integrity and opposing any move to extend Article 371 (A) in the multi-ethnic state.
Leader of the group R.K. Ramani told reporters that they had come to urge the Deputy C.M. and other ministers to convene an emergency assembly session to discuss the issue rising out of the Framework Agreement between the Centre and NSCN (I-M). (With PT reports from Itanagar and Imphal)