GUWAHATI, Dec 25 � Though the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) is pressing for an early settlement, the Central Government has not yet been able to take any decision on what is to be offered to the outfit for an early solution.
Meanwhile, the Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram has also found himself in a fix after making an informal offer to the leaders of the NSCN without discussing the issue with other senior members of the Cabinet.
Highly placed official sources in New Delhi told The Assam Tribune that the Union Home Minister and the Centre�s interlocutor made an offer to the leaders of the NSCN without consulting the issue with other senior leaders of the Cabinet, but the Government is not in a position to formalize the offer made as it may create new trouble in the North East states. Sources said that the NSCN leaders have already written to the Government accepting the Home Minister�s offer with minor adjustments but the Government has not been able to take any decision. Though it was expected that a solution to the problems would come as a Christmas gift for the Naga people, now the solution will again be delayed.
Though sources refused to divulge the details of the offer given to the NSCN by the Home Minister, the offer included creation of an entity for the Naga people with executive and financial powers over the Naga inhabited areas in other states of the region. The Government already rejected the demand for creation of greater Nagalim with integration of the Naga inhabited areas in the other NE states.
But the trouble started after the NSCN accepted the offer of the Home Minister with minor adjustments as the Government of India is not in a position to give what was promised. Sources said that the Government has now realized that there would be bad implications in the neighbouring states and creation of an exclusive homeland for the Naga people would lead to controversies in other states of the country.
Meanwhile, the NSCN has engaged internationally reputed legal experts to give the leaders of the outfit legal opinion for the talks with the Government. Sources said that one of the most prominent legal experts engaged by the outfit is Michael Van Walt Van of Prague, Anthony Regan of Australia and Kenyan national Yash Ghai, who now stays in Hong Kong. These legal experts charge heavy amounts as consultation fees but with a bid to ending the deadlock early, the leaders of the NSCN have taken the services of these experts.