Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) leader Thuingaleng Muivah in Nagaland’s Dimapur on Tuesday.
Sarma, assigned by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, held a closed-door meeting with Muivah, general secretary of the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN-IM.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was with Sarma during the meeting that lasted for about an hour. The issues discussed in the meeting were not made public.
"Adarniya PM Sri @narendramodi and Adarniya HM Sri @AmitShah are committed to ensure ever-lasting peace in the North East. At Dimapur today, we held a discussion with NCSN (IM) representatives in presence of Nagaland HCM Sri @Neiphiu_Rio about the ongoing peace talks with GoI," Sarma wrote on Twitter.
He added, "We are all keen that the ongoing Peace Talks fructify into concrete results soon."
Nearly after two years, the talks between the Centre and the NSCN-IM resumed on Monday with the former special director of the Intelligence Bureau AK Mishra meeting Muivah to find a solution to the Naga issue.
The Naga peace process got stuck since October 2019 over the NSCN-IM’s insistence on a separate Naga flag and constitution.
Mishra replaced previous interlocutor R N Ravi, who was also Nagaland's Governor till a few days ago.
Sarma also held meetings with Mishra and Nagaland BJP leaders at a resort. After the meeting, NSCN-IM leader Rh Raising told media persons it would be meaningless to sign any agreement that denied the Nagas their flag and constitution.
On the other hand, Assam Congress raised questions on what capacity Sarma held the talks with Muivah and if a Chief Minister could participate in such talks without taking the State Assembly and the Cabinet into confidence.