By: Pradeep Pareek
Dimapur (Nagaland): The Naga peace talks on Monday went beyond the NSCN (I-M) with the Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga peace talks RN Ravi holding a marathon meeting with the working committee of six other Naga underground groups near Dimapur, the first such round of talks on the soil of Nagaland since talks started in 1997.
Ravi was accorded a very warm public welcome by the reception committee set up for the occasion upon his arrival at the Dimpur airport, 8 km from the venue of today’s talks at Chumukedima with the Naga National Political Groups working Committee representing the six underground groups. Before the talks started Ravi also addressed a gathering of Naga tribal organizations.
Ravi said at the meeting that he sincerely wished that the NSCN-K too would be on board for the peace talks. “The Naga solution as it comes must have the widest possible acceptance of the Naga people and must be an occasion for celebration for every Naga,” Ravi said.
He also said the agreement might not be an 100 per cent satisfactory but “we, all the groups should try our best to make it happen” while “appreciating” the initiative of the tribal hohos and the NGOs who represents the Naga people at large in bringing the 6 NNPGs working committee under one umbrella for the negotiation.
Interacting with them has helped him to know in depth the perspective and how hurt the Nagas were about the past, and were hopeful for an early solution, he said.
“Naga political issue belongs to the Naga people so Naga people should be on board. Naga issue cannot be fragmented and cannot have many agreements .There will be one peace process which will be comprehensive and inclusive. 14 tribal organisations, five apex organisations and two individuals apprised on their support for an early solution and reaffirmed their support for an honorable and an acceptable solution,” he said.
The talks come amid reports that the Centre and NSCN (I-M) are close to clinching the peace deal on basis of the framework agreement signed between the two sides in August, 2015. The reports had fuelled demands in Assam that the Centre should make public the agreement and there will be no compromise of the state’s territorial integrity.
However ,none of the organisations from Assam submitted any memorandum to RN Ravi with regard to their apprehensions.
The issue of Assam land or otherwise did not figure out any where in the discussion.
After the meeting the convenor of the NNPG working committee reacted by saying that today’s meeting with Ravi was "beyond positive".
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