NNPGs Urge RN Ravi to Sign Peace Deal With or Without NSCN-IM
Kohima, March 10, 2020:
Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs), a conglomerate of six political groups from Nagaland, have 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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The last round of such discussions were held in October last year. There had been detailed discussion earlier but a final solution is yet to be arrived at. The Naga solution is yet to come to a common ground between the center and the Muivah-led NSCN-IM.
It may be mentioned here that the NSCN-IM had recently reaffirmed its stand demanding a separate flag and a Constitution for the Naga people. In a statement released in February 27, they reiterated their demand for a separate flag and Constitution for the Naga people.
“That, the Naga National flag and Constitution represent our national identity, and the recognition is absolutely a matter of Nagas for an honourable political solution”, the communique stated. Moreover, the NSCN stated that the solution that will be provided by the Centre shall be a political solution of Nagas wherever they are, irrespective of the location or boundaries.
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RN Ravi had earlier accused that the NSCN-IM had been delaying the signing of the peace talks. It needs mention here that the Naga group had been demanding for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim, which includes Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. In other words, it had been wanting to to unite the Nagas residing in all these areas.
However, the Centre has ruled out any disintegration of the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur in order to merge the Naga-inhabited areas with the existing State of Nagaland.
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