Accord with Naga groups soon: Ravi

HYDERABAD/DIMAPUR, JAN 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/19/2019 11:28:41 AM IST

A proposed accord with Naga armed groups is expected to be concluded soon, Deputy National Security Adviser R N Ravi said Saturday. “It’s nearing conclusion with all. In fact, there is nobody left out. Everyone is part of it.

“There are eight armed groups which are now talking to Government of India. NSCN (I-M) plus seven others, they are all part of it. There is no one left out,” Ravi, who has been involved in the process, told reporters here. The efforts to conclude the accord are expected to fructify “soon”, he said.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a national conference on ‘Self Reliance in Defence Manufacturing’, organised by the Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS).

On Saturday, Working Committee (WC), Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) claimed that there were continuity, clarity and progress in negotiations with Government of India (GoI).

Mentioning that every issue was processed jointly and transparency, proactive argument and healthy debate preceded each round of negotiations, the committee asserted that this was a “tectonic shift” from the usual Indo-Naga political dialogue. 

It may be mentioned, the Government of India’s representative for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, held an informal meeting with Khango-led NSCN (K) on January 10, 2019. 

Ravi had told Nagaland Post that “NSCN (K) will participate in the peace process along with Working Committee of the NNPGs”.

On December 21, 2018 NSCN (I-M) through its MIP had reminded that the Framework Agreement signed and declared on August 3, 2015 was fundamentally based on the unique history of the Naga people and co-existence through shared sovereignty between the two entities. 

It said these were the core principles for bringing about final and lasting solution acceptable to both the parties. 

MIP said Naga people have suffered long enough with many having lost their lives and so the present affords a favourable political climate. 

However, adopting a hardline approach from the honourable “out of the box” approach to the Naga issue would indicate a clear deviation from the framework agreement that was based on mutual respect and recognition of the two entities, it said.


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