No time-frame for Final Naga Accord: Ravi to Nagaland Post
Government of India’s Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks, R.N. Ravi speaking to Nagaland Post on 04 November is reported to have that it would be premature to set a time-frame for concluding the Naga Peace Process.
Mr Ravi who is also the Governor of Nagaland asserted that all negotiating parties- government of India, NSCN (I-M) and WC, of NNPGs would strive to conclude the Naga Peace Process as soon as possible.
In an important statement, Mr Ravi also stated that the solution to the Naga issue will not affect the territorial integrity of the neighbouring states. “Before the final settlement, we need to allay the apprehensions of the neighbours including the legitimate concerns of the neighbouring states,” Ravi said as reported by Nagaland Post.
Possibly the Government has recognised the importance of a holistic solution that will not create multiple issues. Thus Rafi said, “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. 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”.
Meanwhile as per News 18, NSCN (Reformation) president and co-convenor of the Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), Wangtin Naga has meanwhile indicated that Nagas will be allowed to use the Naga national flag on social and cultural occasions. “We have agreed with the government that the Naga people can use the Naga National Flag for religious, traditional and cultural purposes. We will also get a written Constitution based on our customary laws,” Wangtin, disclosed in an interview with News18.
The number of seats in the Nagaland Legislative Assembly will increase from 60 to 80. “The number of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha seat will also increase from one to three,” he added. “We will get an arms battalion, where all cadres of the Naga Army can join. The name of the regiment hasn’t been decided upon yet”, Wanting said as per News 18.
Nagaland Post Background to Naga Talks
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). The negotiations were held since the time of the National Front(1997-98), NDA-I (1999-2004), UPA-I (2004-09), UPA-II (2009-14) and NDA-II (2014-19).
The Framework Agreement was signed with the NSCN (I-M) on August 3,2015 and Working Committee representing seven Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on November 17, 2017.
A broad-based ‘One Political Problem, One Solution,’ was evolved in a series of meetings on 21 October which is paving the way for