Consultative meet in Kohima today

Consultative meet in Kohima today
R.N. Ravi (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/17/2019 12:08:47 PM IST

Against the backdrop of the three-month timeframe given by government of India to conclude the over 22 years of Naga Peace Process, Governor of Nagaland and Centre’s Representative and Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks, R.N. Ravi, is set to hold consultative meeting with tribal hohos, civil society organisations and church at Hotel Japfü, Kohima on Friday.

Unlike his predecessors, Ravi, who was appointed as the Interlocutor in the year 2014, has been holding extensive consultative meetings with different sections of the Naga society in an attempt to ink an inclusive final agreement.

Friday’s meeting is being seen as very crucial by many who are closely following the Naga Peace Process especially when both government of India and NSCN (I-M) have publicly admitted that the talk could not be concluded due to “differing positions” on the demand for separate Naga national Flag and Constitution.

It may be noted that after Ravi expressed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s desire to conclude the Naga Peace Process within three months time in the month of July, 2019, NSCN (I-M) chairman, Q. Tuccu in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post on September 8, 2019, had termed it as an “ultimatum”.

NSCN (I-M) leader had also accused government of India of backtracking from the August 3, 2015 “Framework Agreement” and took a firm position that the group would not compromise on its demand for separate Naga national Flag and Constitution.

Despite few rounds of both informal and formal meetings between the two negotiating parties in the last few weeks, reliable sources confirmed to Nagaland Post that the meeting was inconclusive.

Ravi’s last meeting with NSCN (I-M) leaders led by its ato kilonser and chief negotiator, Th. Muivah was held on October 14, but both sides could not agree on the two demands. 

Meantime, another negotiating party Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) had made it known that it was ready to conclude the talk.

In an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post on October 6, 2019, WC of NNPGs convenor, N Kitovi Zhimomi had asked, why solution should be kept on hold when there was “no problem between Government of India and Nagas of Nagaland?”

Kitovi maintained that “there may be some problem between Government of India and NSCN (I-M), but it must not hamper the Nagas of Nagaland.”

In a latest interview to Nagaland Post on 13, 2019, WC of NNPGs co-convenor and ato kilonser of NSCN/GPRN (K), Isak Sumi, said that there were certain “pseudo-nationalist left extremist forces” involved with Naga political talks but who, instead, desire to prolong the conflict and want to hold Nagas to ransom under the barrel of gun, political and economic hegemony.  

Isak maintained that NNPGs was prepared to conclude talks after a wide and thorough consultation on all status/position of the political talks between the WC of NNPGs and government of India with all Naga stakeholders. 

Friday meeting is expected to be attended by the 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland, non-Naga minorities of Nagaland, Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), Nagaland GB Federation and United Naga Council.  While the three negotiating parties have made their position clear, it remains to be seen the decision of the tribal hohos, civil society organisations and church in the meeting.


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