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Sarma holds talks with Nagaland CM on Naga political issue

The crucial meeting took place in Dimapur and went on late at night on Thursday with the Nagaland government’s Core Committee on Naga Political Issue.

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Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a closed door meeting with Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphu Rio on the Naga political issue.

The crucial meeting took place in Dimapur and went on late at night on Thursday with the Nagaland government’s Core Committee on Naga Political Issue.

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The closed-door meeting was attended by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Rajya Sabha MP Phangnon Konyak, and 16 MLAs who are members of the committee, including UDA chairman TR Zeliang, they added.

Assam minister Pijush Hazarika accompanied Sarma to the meeting.

The Core Committee has sought the support of Sarma as the convener of NEDA to help achieve a solution to the issue by speaking with the Centre.

The Centre has been holding separate talks with the NSCN (IM) since 1997, and the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) since 2017. It signed a framework agreement with NSCN(IM) on August 3, 2015, and an Agreed Position with NNPG on November 17, 2017.

However, no final solution has been achieved with the NSCN(IM) remaining firm on its demand for a separate flag and constitution for the Nagas.

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