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Nagaland: Centre-NSCN (IM) negotiations under rough weather, says Former PM H D Gowda

Former Prime Minister of India Shri H D Dewe Gowda who oversaw the 1997 ceasefire Naga agreement wrote a letter regarding the current Naga-Centre talks on peace accord.

Newspaper reports indicate that the Union government’s negotiations with NSCN (IM) to resolve the Naga problem has run into rough weather. From recent statements made by those involved in the negotiations, it is apparent that distrust has crept in.

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The Naga ceasefire agreement in 1997, which followed my meeting with Mr. !sal( Chishi Swu and Mr Thuingaleng Muivah in Zurich, in February 1997, was a result of constructive diplomacy. We should ensure that the progress made in the last 23 years by successive governments is not forsaken now. There is the Constitution and also the 2015 framework agreement, which should help us move towards a solution.

I sincerely hope that distrust is put aside, talks continue, and a peace accord is reached at the earliest. The people of the North East deserve to live in harmony and witness economic progress. 1,Vt) (HA). DEVE GOWDAJ

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