Ravi commits to settling Naga political issue

AGENCIES/NNN DIMAPUR, 23rd Oct: The second round of ‘political negotiation’ between the Working Committee of 6 Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and New Delhi’s Interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi was held Monday in Dimapur, which is being held for the first time in the state.

Since it was a closed door meeting, what transpired during the talks is not known. Sources said that the talks began at 3 pm at Chumukedima Police Complex near Dimapur.

Meanwhile, interlocutor RN Ravi Monday lauded the Naga tribal grass-root organisations and civil society organisations for making it possible for the six Naga National Political Groups (NNGPs), who are now formally party to the peace process, to come together.

Earlier in the day at 2 pm, several organisations including Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), ENPO, NGBF, CNTC met RN Ravi at Chumukedima police complex. They apprised the Centre’s interlocutor about the need to make ‘stake holders’ part of the ongoing peace talks. They have also submitted various memoranda to RN Ravi. The meeting lasted for about an hour.

Convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs N Kitotovi, who is also general secretary of GRPN/NSCN, also known by the media earlier as Unification group, led the team. Other delegates of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs who participated in the Monday’s talks included president of NSCN-Reformation Wangtin Naga, president of NNC/FGN Zhopra Vero, general
secretary of NNC (Parent Body) V Nagi, president of NNC/GDRN Kiumukum, general secretary of NNC/NPGN Hozheto Chophi, general secretary of NSCN-Reformation P Tikhal and envoys of GPRN/NSCN Alezo Venuh, Ghikiho Zhimomi and four other leaders.

RN Ravi arrived in Dimapur from New Delhi. He was given a public reception near Dimapur Airport by NTC and other organisations based in the state. Ravi told the gathering that he was here to take the views of the people. He also said that he was not in Nagaland to give lecture but to listen to the people.

“This is a historic development because howsoever comprehensive the Naga issue, we cannot leave anyone out of the peace process. We must strive to the best of the ability to make it happen," Ravi said.

Besides the ongoing Naga political dialogue between the Government of India and NSCN-IM, the six NNPGs have also been invited to involve in the peace talks before a final settlement is achieved.

Ravi said the Centre cannot be indifferent to the stake holders representing the Naga society at the grass root level and the active cooperation shown by them so far will surely help in reaching an “honourable and acceptable solution in the near future”.

The interlocutor said Naga issue cannot be fragmented. "We cannot have too many agreements and solutions. There will be one peace process and one agreement that will be inclusive and comprehensive,"

he said and urged the NNGPs to continue to maintain unity and work to bring all groups under the peace process.

"We must not waste time but be sincere and honest and sort out the differences," he added.

Leaders of tribal organisations and civil societies have extended their support and cooperation and urged upon the Centre to expedite the peace process by bringing all Naga political groups on board to find an honourable solution to the long protracted Naga issue.

Last month, Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) had expressed its gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “who has acknowledged the indispensability of the rest of NNPGs outside the ongoing dialogue and has become pivotal in giving rational treatment to every stake-holder”.

It can be noted here that last month, New Delhi ‘formally’ invited the Working Committee of the 6 NNPGs “to be part of the peace process.”

Following the invitation, the first round of talks between the Government of India and the Working Committee were held in New Delhi on September 27 to ‘resolve the protracted Indo-Naga political issue’.

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