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GoI serious on concluding Naga talks: Ravi

GoI serious on concluding Naga talks: Ravi
RN Ravi (Inset) speaks during the consultation meeting at Hotel Japfu, Kohima on Friday.
Correspondent KOHIMA, Oct 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/18/2019 12:16:26 PM IST

 INTERLOCUTOR SAYS NSCN(I-M) USING NAGA FLAG AND CONSTITUTION AS EXCUSE TO PROLONG SOLUTION

Clearing all doubts and confusions, government of India’s Interlocutor to the Naga peace talks and also governor of Nagaland R.N.Ravi vowed that “the government of India is determined to conclude the peace process without delay” in respecting the wishes of the Naga people.

The communiqué issued by the OSD stated that , “the endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable” and that the government of India expected all negotiating parties to “ heed the will of the people and facilitate conclusion 

 It also reminded that the government of India “under the dynamic and decisive leadership of Hon’ble prime minister Narendra Modi, has been determined and diligent to honourably conclude the Naga peace process, which has been going on for the last over 22 years.” It said as a result, the Naga peace process, during the last five years, has “truly become inclusive and reached a conclusion stage.” Further, the communiqué said all Naga armed groups have been engaged with the Interlocutor and also worked out the final draft agreement.

It also disclosed that , the meeting was called “in view of the unfortunate attitude of some NSCN(I-M) leaders” who were blamed for adopting a “procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement, raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution” despite being “fully aware of the government of India’s position.”

The communiqué also drew attention on statements of “some NSCN(I-M) leaders” who it said “ are misleading the people with absurd assumptions and presumptions over what they have already agreed with the government of India.”

The communiqué also expressed “great satisfaction” that agreements were signed with –NSCN(I-M) on August 3,2015 and with other seven Naga armed groups under the banner of Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on November 17,2017- on political parameters of the settlement.

In view of the “overwhelming support in favour of settlement without any further delay” the communiqué further stated that all stakeholders-tribal and civil society organisations from Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, who were involved in the peace process also gave valuable inputs through regular consultations and insights. Even church leaders continued to uphold the cause for peace through constant prayers ad goodwill, stated the communiqué. 

The communiqué said the meeting was attended by the apex leadership of all the 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland, all the minority non-Naga tribes of Nagaland, the Nagaland GB Federation, the Nagaland Tribes Council, the Church leaders and Civil Society Organizations. In the meeting, the governor also shared about the Framework Agreement with the NSCN (I-M) and the Agreed Position with the Working Committee of NNPGs where discussions and doubts were held on clarified on competencies. 

At the October 18 consultative meeting, tribal leaders also informed the interlocutor that people were impatient for solution and desired that it be concluded without further delay.

Ravi reportedly did not indicate any time frame even though some of the leaders insisted. 

Barring United Naga Council (UNC), all invited tribal leaders, civil society organisations and NBCC reportedly attended the closed door meeting. It has been learnt that UNC expressed its regret for not being able to attend the meeting.

It may be recalled that in the August 16 interview with Nagaland Post, the Interlocutor had stated that the symbolic issues- Naga flag and constitution(Yehzabo)- should not be the reason to delay the settlement as the current status quo was not acceptable.

 Meanwhile it was learnt that the tribal leaders will be meeting on October 19 for further discussion on the Naga political issue.


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