RN Ravi-NSCN/GPRN hold talks in Dimapur

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/25/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

After over two decades of engaging in a political dialogue, the Government of India and NSCN/GPRN for the first time sat for a talk in Dimapur, Nagaland. The two entities entered into dialogue in the year 1997.

The meeting was held in a heavily guarded premises of Police Complex Chumukedima. Sources informed Nagaland Post that NSCN/GPRN general secretary and chief negotiator, Th. Muviah along with other top leaders reached the meeting venue on Sunday. Sources also revealed that the discourse was mostly on the status of Naga Flag and Constitution.

When contacted, deputy National Security Advisor and Government of India representative and Interlocutor to Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, said the negotiating parties have narrowed down the differences to the issue of Naga Flag and separate Constitution. Asked if the negotiating parties made any breakthrough on the demand for separate Naga Flag and Constitution, Ravi said, “We discussed the remaining issues at length, understood each other’s positions and sensitivities. Although the issue is complex, both sides are determined to resolve it to our mutual best satisfaction. We have narrowed down the differences”.

When asked when would they hold the next meeting, Ravi said “we’ll have it in due course.”

It may be noted that the Government of India and NSCN (I-M) had signed the “Framework Agreement” on August 3, 2015 and since then both the negotiating groups have maintained that the talk was in the “advanced stage”. However, it remains to be seen whether the two entities could hammer out differences soon and bring about a logical conclusion to the decades-old Naga political issue.

In an exclusive interview with Nagaland Post, Ravi said Centre was ready to for a solution provided the NPGs agree over the issue of Naga flag for Pan Naga cultural body and to term the final agreement as Naga “Yehzabo”.

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