GoI, WC on threshold of signing Naga solution

GoI, WC on threshold of signing Naga solution
R.N. Ravi and N. Kitovi Zhimomi
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/24/2020 12:41:02 PM IST

Government of India representative and Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks, R.N. Ravi and Working Committee (WC) Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) Monday held a closed door meeting in New Delhi, in pursuit of the goal of signing the final agreement to the Naga Political issue, the outcome of which was termed as “very positive and fruitful” by both negotiating parties.

Negotiators from the Government of India represented by R.N. Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland and the Working Committee of NNPGs led by convenor, N. Kitovi Zhimomi held a closed door meeting to smoothen the rough edges of the final agreement.

Speaking to Nagaland Post over telephone, Ravi said, “Today’s meeting went off very well” and added that “several issues” was discussed.

“We tried to have a detailed clarity on few issues to finalise the draft agreement”, said Ravi.

Asked whether the contentious Pan Naga Hoho issue was discussed, Ravi acknowledged that the issue was raised by NNPGs. 

On the issue of bicameral house/legislature, the Interlocutor said he wanted NNPGs to “come clear on composition of upper house”. Ravi also informed that NNPGs have been asked to “work on finalising their draft”.

When contacted, Kitovi also termed Monday’s meeting as “very positive and fruitful” adding both the parties sought for “more clarity” on the “salient features”.

He said more clarity was needed on the functions of the proposed “Nagaland Federal Hoho” (Upper House) and that modalities had to be worked out as there was “no readymade system”. “We need some clarity. We have to streamline certain issues for further implementation. Everything is new and the guidelines should be worked out as nothing is readymade”, said Kitovi.

The convenor said that whatever the two negotiating parties have agreed in principle during negotiations, that concluded on October 31, 2019, have to be finalised and then the same would be forwarded to the Parliament.

Asked whether government of India and NNPGs will ink the final agreement without NSCN (I-M), Kitovi replied, “I don’t think government of India has rejected them. All of us– NNPGs and Nagas in general – want NSCN (I-M) to be part of the final agreement. It is not that we don’t want them, they are not willing. Our ideology is same but there are differences of approach.”

He said NSCN (I-M) was adamant with its demand on “sovereign-independent” whereas NNPGs, while not giving up on the right of the Nagas to be independent, agreed to pursue the same post “solution” through democratic political process.

“Naga people are pressuring us for solution. We are compelled to acknowledge the sentiments of the people we are representing”, said Kitovi.

On NSCN (I-M) not coming on board to give the nod for final settlement, Kitovi said, “We cannot stop them for wanting sovereign-independence. We cannot control them. The reason is known to them. They will apply their own wisdom. As for NNPGs, Nagas desire for early solution is our top priority. We have the support of the Nagas.”

Asked to give a tentative timeframe to sign final agreement, Kitovi said, “It should not take more time. We are trying to finalise everything as early as possible.”


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