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NSCN (I-M) accuses RN Ravi of making mockery of Framework

DIMAPUR, AUG 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/16/2020 12:39:48 PM IST

NSCN (I-M) has accused Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks and governor RN Ravi of not only making a mockery of the Framework Agreement co-authored by him representing the Prime Minister of India but also of insulting the Nagas as a whole by reducing the talks to the State of Nagaland only. NSCN (I-M) reiterated that the talks were on Naga political issues for all Nagas and covering all Naga-inhabited areas. 

Furnishing both the original copy and Ravi’s alleged manipulated copy of the Framework Agreement, NSCN (I-M) said the battle over the agreement was now in the public domain, adding there was no running away by either party but to set the record straight in order to reset the Indo-Naga political talks in correct perspective. 

NSCN (I-M) alleged that the very essence of the Framework Agreement was missing or manipulated in the copy circulated by Ravi to his “favoured Naga civil society organisations, including NNPGs, to give different narratives”. 

It pointed out that even though Ravi’s off-repeated catchphrase was “one issue one solution”, he had signed two agreements – Framework Agreement with NSCN (I-M) and Agreed Position with NNPGs. Thus, it questioned Ravi where he was trying to take the Nagas to. Accusing Ravi of wanting to keep the Nagas divided by signing a parallel agreement, NSCN (I-M) said he tutored his “favoured Naga groups” on how to look at the Framework Agreement after manipulating its contents that simply recognised Nagas’ past history and nothing.

On the current status of the talks, NSCN (I-M) clarified that the PM level talks had not gone down to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) level talks, adding the interlocutor only carried the mandate of the Prime Minister. NSCN (I-M) asserted that it was talking to Ravi as interlocutor and not as governor. But since Ravi created imbroglio in the talk process, the Prime Minister gave the mandate to continue talks to a team of IB as a fast-track channel for communication and clear the pending points. Once everything is clear, the agreement would be at the political level of Prime Minister, it explained.

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