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Nagaland Governor, NNPG to finalise draft agreement for Naga peace accord

Nagaland governor cum Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks, R.N. Ravi, and the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) have agreed to finalise “draft agreement” at an official meeting held at Nagaland Commissioner’s Guest House July 14th, 2020.

Ravi and the ten-member WC, NNPGs led by its convenor, N. Kitovi Zhimomi chalked out the “action plan” for the impending final agreement, Nagaland Post reported.

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“The negotiations concluded last year (2019) October 31 and so there is no reason for us to wait for another year to sign the final agreement. We are working to finalise the agreement. The final agreement will be signed in a matter of weeks or months from now,” said a source privy to the meeting said.

Other members of WC, NNPGs included co-convenors – Zhopra Vero, Kiumukam, Hozheto Z Chophy, Isak Sumi, Toshi Walling; co-ordinator, Alezo Venuh; members – Raitu Chawang, Horangse Sangtam and secretary, Ghukiho T Zhimo.

It may be mentioned that the official meeting resumed after over four months of hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Also read: Nagaland Bodies Urge Governor Ravi to Make Naga Political Issue “Top Priority”

The Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), a conglomerate of six political groups from Nagaland, had in March 2020 urged the Government interlocutor RN Ravi to sign the delayed Peace Talks at the earliest with or without the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) coming on board.

After three days of discussions with RN Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland, the NNPG members urged him to sign the final peace accord despite disagreement with the NSCN-IM. According to reports, RN Ravi had held yet another round of meetings with the Naga groups in Delhi to bring a lasting solution to the peace accord.

“The working committee, NNPGs and GoI can sign the agreement any day because it is the desire of the Nagas. We have distributed the status paper among our people, which is acceptable to them,” a senior Naga leader from NNPG was quoted as saying.

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