New Delhi, November 19: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), while submitting a written reply in the Lok Sabha on apprehensions related to the Naga Peace Accord, said the final agreement would not be sealed without consulting all stakeholders. The Home Ministry said the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh would be part of the final round of talks.
The Centre, which expedited the Naga peace process since 2015, said insurgency has largely been curtailed in Nagaland. All militant groups in the region are engaging with the government, and are likely to give up their armed movement in the near future. Naga Peace Talks: Breakthrough in Deadlock as NSCN(IM) Softens Stand on Separate Flag, Constitution.
"There has been considerable progress in the Naga peace talks. Almost all Naga underground groups are engaged with the Government of India in the peace process," the Home Ministry statement said.
"All stakeholders including the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted before any settlement is arrived at with the Naga groups and their concerns will be taken into consideration," it further added.
Update by ANI
MHA on progress in Naga peace talks: There has been considerable progress in the Naga peace talks. Almost all Naga underground groups are engaged with the Government of India in the peace process. (1/2)
— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2019
The final agreement of the Naga Peace Accord was earlier scheduled to be signed by October 31. However, since the NSCN (Muivah) faction raised the uncompromising demand for a separate constitution and a state-flag, the Centre sought more time to seal the deal.
Meanwhile, the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur have reached out to the Centre amid fears that the territory of "Greater Nagaland" may include portions under their state as well. The Northeast groups in the region have warned against any unilateral change in the political map.