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Naga solution rests on flexibilities: Ravi

Naga solution rests on flexibilities: Ravi
R.N. Ravi (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 14 (NPN): | Publish Date: 7/14/2019 11:48:51 AM IST

More than two decades of protracted negotiations between the government of India’s Interlocutors and NSCN (I-M) and later with Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), solution to the Naga political issue appears to be hinged on flexibilities on the part of the Naga groups.

Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA) and Centre’s Representative and Interlocutor for Naga peace talks, R.N. Ravi, said that “differing positions” on the demand for separate Naga flag and a separate constitution remained unresolved. 

He however said the peace process was “going on” though the differing positions remained. Ravi made the remarks when asked by Nagaland Post about the demand for separate Naga Flag and constitution.

R.N. Ravi said the Government of India was open to discuss about Naga flag for pan Naga cultural body and to term the final agreement as Naga “Yehzabo”. He, however, added that these were still in negotiation stage.

It may be recalled that, earlier, in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post on February 28 this year, the Interlocutor had admitted that “differing positions” on the demand for separate Naga flag and a separate constitution was delaying signing of the final agreement. 

The Interlocutor said that the Government of India was open to discuss about Naga flag for pan Naga cultural body and to term the final agreement as Naga “Yehzabo”. 

He, however, added that these were still in negotiation stage.

The Interlocutor had also categorically pointed out that delay for arriving at a final solution was not due to the Government of India. He said any final agreement could even be signed “tomorrow”, if the “Naga negotiators reciprocated with pragmatic flexibilities”. 

 In a recent interview, R.N. Ravi disclosed that while other complex issues raised by NSCN (I-M) have been addressed, the talks have narrowed down to separate flag and renaming of the constitution which both the parties were trying to resolve. 

 On the status of the talk with Working Committee of National Political Groups Ravi said, “Most of the substantive issues have been resolved with NNPGs though few issues remained to be sorted out.”

On whether government of India would sign final agreement with WC of NNPGs if NSCN (I-M) demand for separate Naga flag and constitution remain unresolved, he said, “We are committed to one process and one solution. We cannot have a piecemeal solution.”

Ravi reiterated that his mandate was to deliver a solution to the Naga issue to the best possible satisfaction of the Naga people that would be agreed by all. 

On getting all negotiating parties on board, Ravi said, “By and large this point has been agreed by all. It is understood that when the final agreement is signed, all will be party to it.”

On the circulation and publication of reports that a separate passport and Naga flag has been accepted by the government of India, Ravi rubbished the reports said, “These are all mischievous rumours. There is nothing in it.”

On why no talks were held with NPGs for over a month, Ravi admitted that there was a “short pause” due to the Lok Sabha elections but maintained that the process was still on.

It was learnt through reliable sources that the interlocutor last held talks with NSCN (I-M) leaders in the second week of May and with Working  Committee of NNPGs in the last week of February. 

Sources revealed that the entities had been holding talks at least two to three times a month. However, so far, no date has been set for the next meeting.

 There is a general perception in Nagaland that political parties, both Central and regional, have been using Naga political issue for electoral benefits. 

Though Naga political issue is the most talked about and discussed subject, it has evaded a final solution. 

Solution to the Naga political imbroglio was expected after signing of the Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 and the joining of Working Committee of National Political Groups in the peace process which was followed by the signing of another agreement with the Working Committee of NNPGs on November 17, 2017. However, these have not resulted in early resolution.

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