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Media reports on October 31 suggested that the NSCN (IM) has conceded to a peace accord with the Indian government without a separate Naga constitution and with a ‘conditional’ flag as the deadlock over the accord came to an end.

While there was no formal announcement in this regard till the filing of this report, quoted sources saying that the deadlock has ended as NSCN (IM) has agreed to sign the peace accord.

“We have agreed to finalise the agreement,” an unnamed member of NSCN (IM)’s negotiation team was quoted as saying in the report. “The flag and the Constitution will be pursued later,” the unnamed member added.

Earlier, the central government had fixed October 31 as the deadline for the Naga peace talks which called for a settlement to the long-pending demands of the Naga people.

Update from Ministry of Home Affairs

However, the Ministry of Home Affairs in the evening on October 31 issued a clarification and asked the people not to believe in rumours and misinformation. “It has come to notice of the government that lots of rumours and misinformation is being spread in media including social media that final Naga settlement has been arrived at and will be announced soon. This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country,” the MHA statement said.

“It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including States of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration. No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information,” the statement added.

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