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Indo-Naga problem reduced to governor’s level talks: NSCN (IM)

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Dimapur, August 7: The NSCN (IM) has accused the Government of India of dishonoring the commitment given by successive Prime Ministers of India on the Indo-Naga political problem.
The commitments are talk shall be at the highest level; venue of the talk shall be outside India (in a third country) and without any pre-condition.
But in a letter to Prime Minister Modi on August 1 congratulating him on being re-elected PM, the NSCN (IM) chairman Q Tuccu and general secretary (chief negotiator) Th Muivah lamented that the Indo-Naga talks is now reduced to a “mere governor’s level.”
“We have come to India on the invitation of the Prime Minister of India and several rounds of talks have been successfully held and the 3rd August 2015 Framework Agreement was signed in your presence. However, we are surprised that the talk is now reduced to a mere governor’s level,” the letter said.
The Centre had recently appointed GoI Interlocutor to the Indo-Naga talks, RN Ravi as the Governor of Nagaland. Ravi will also continue his role as Interlocutor to the Naga talks.
The NSCN (IM) said it is happy to learn from RN Ravi, Interlocutor, at the formal talk on July 26 last, that the Prime Minister is committed to resolving the Indo-Naga political problem within a three-month’s time. But it reminded that there are still some core issues like flag and constitution that are yet to be agreed upon between the two parties.
Stating that both parties have been patiently negotiating for the last 22 years and “we are committed to working out an honorable solution”, the NSCN (IM), however, said the recent changes and developments have created confusion and doubt in the minds of the people if an honourable political solution can be arrived at. (Page News Service)

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