‘Endless negotiation under shadow of guns not acceptable’
Dimapur, October 18: The office of the Government of India’s representative and Interlocutor for Naga peace talks on Friday stated that a mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement, including all the substantive issues and competencies, is ready for inking the final agreement. It said respecting the Naga people’s wishes, the Government of India is determined to conclude the peace process without delay within the stipulated time
An emailed press release from the Interlocutor’s office, however, regretted that at this auspicious juncture the NSCN (IM) has adopted a “procrastinating attitude” to delay the settlement raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution on which they (NSCN-IM) are fully aware of the Government of India’s position.
“They have mischievously dragged in the Framework Agreement and began imputing imaginary contents to it,” the press release claimed.
“Some NSCN (IM) leaders through various media platforms are misleading the people with absurd assumptions and presumptions over what they have already agreed with the Government of India,” it alleged.
In view of this, the release informed that Interlocutor RN Ravi, who is also the Government of Nagaland, held a detailed consultation meeting with the primary stakeholders of the Naga society today at Kohima, which was attended by the apex leadership of all the 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland, all the minority non-Naga tribes of Nagaland, the Nagaland GB Federation, Nagaland Tribes Council, Church leaders and civil society organizations.
“The Framework Agreement with the (NSCN-IM) and the Agreed Position with the Working Committee of NNPGs were extensively shared with the leaders, pertinent issues discussed and doubts on competencies clarified,” the release informed.
The release stated that GoI under the decisive leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been determined and diligent to honourably conclude the Naga peace process, which has been going on for the last over 22 years. All Naga armed groups are engaged with GoI’s Interlocutor and have worked out the draft final settlement, it said.
Stating that the Government of India expect all negotiating parties to heed the will of the people, and facilitate conclusion of the Naga peace process within the stipulated time, the interlocutor’s office made it clear that endless negotiation under the shadow of guns is not acceptable. (Page News Service)