IFP Bureau | IMPHAL, Nov 5
RN Ravi, the Government of India’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks, has made it clear that inking a final agreement between the Centre and all Naga groups will not affect the “territorial integrity of neighbouring states.” “We are committed to resolution of issues through democratic political process. Government of India will not do anything that will resolve an issue and create multiple issues”, said Ravi in an exclusive interview to Nagaland Post which was published on Tuesday.
The interlocutor said, “I am sure even Naga people would not like resolution of Naga political issue this way. The Government of India at the highest level has made it clear, time and again, that legitimate concerns of all the stakeholders including the neighbouring state will be addressed before concluding the Naga Peace Process.”
In the interview, Ravi also pointed out that all negotiating parties would make efforts to conclude the Naga peace process as soon as possible. “All major contentious issues between the Government of India and Naga negotiators have been resolved. This is a great achievement, thanks to the maturity of Naga leaders including the tribal bodies, grassroots organisations, civil society organisations and the Church. Now some loose ends have to be tied. Before the final settlement, we need to allay the apprehensions of the neighbours including the legitimate concerns of the neighbouring states”, said Ravi.
On bringing all Naga groups together to work out the modalities for the final agreement, Ravi said “both NSCN (I-M) and Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), have to come together. At this stage, all parties must shed their long held prejudices against each other and come together to help usher a new dawn of peace and prosperity for the Naga people.” However, he said that setting a time-frame for the final inking of the agreement within “15 days or a month would be premature.”
It may be mentioned that Naga political negotiations have been held over 80 rounds of talks after the signing of the cease fire on August 1, 1997 between the Government of India and NSCN (I-M).