The organisation, that entered into ceasefire and talks process way back in 1997, said, "Despite differences on certain issues, it is to put on record that the Govt of India and the NSCN (IM) are serious and committed to concretize the Indo-Naga political talks and arrive at a tangible solution based on the principle of the Framework Agreement".

The fresh statement from the group comes after two days the NSCN (IM) used strong words and even had said that the "talks failed" to live up to all the hype as the Government of India continues to indulge "in political escapism on the very issues that is holding up the road to the Naga solution".

The militant group also has said that "the Government of India is still pretentiously acting stubborn as the crucial rounds of talks that focussed on the Naga flag and the Constitution is driven to hang in balance. The stalemate created is unfortunate".

Needless to say, it has been reported widely and in no unambiguous terms that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is firm about an early solution to the vexed issue pending since decades, but would not be in a position to give up a separate flag and Constitution to the Nagas.

In October 2020, former Mizoram Governor Swaraj Kaushal, who was the first peace interlocutor in Naga talks in 1998, had urged rebel leader Thuingaleng Muivah, general secretary of NSCN(IM) to be 'realistic' and said the latter should not press for demands such as Flag and a separate Naga Constitution.

"Brother, you have maturity and understanding. Please be realistic and not press for such demands. Please live and prosper in a democracy. Everything in this country (India) belongs to the people," Kaushal had written in a series of tweets.

"The symbols of sovereignty namely, separate constitution, flag, currency, defence and foreign affairs are sacrosanct and never negotiable," said Mr Kaushal, who had played a major role in bringing in Mizo rebel leader Late Laldenga to the negotiating table.