GUWAHATI, Aug 4 - Any redrawing of state boundaries is unlikely to happen following the peace accord signed between the Central government and the NSCN(IM).
Speaking to reporters here today, Governor of Assam and Nagaland PB Acharya said that the territorial integrity of all the states would remain intact.
�As per my understanding, as told to me by the Prime Minister, there will be no territorial changes,� Acharya said, in response to a query by the media.
The Governor, however, added that he was not aware of the details of the peace accord. Modi had called Acharya yesterday over phone to inform him about the accord.
Stating that five other insurgent groups besides the NSCN(IM), were active in Nagaland, Acharya expressed hope that the other groups would also understand the aspirations of the Naga people for peace and arrive at some understanding with the government.
�Now that NSCN(IM) has understood the need to take the democratic road, other groups may also follow suit,� said the Governor.
He said that since the Modi government appointed RN Ravi as the interlocutor for the talks, there was a marked improvement in the trust between both sides and this led to the success of the talks.
�All these years, whenever any new interlocutor used to be appointed, people thought it was just to extend the dialogue. But this government has shown political will. The trust deficit has vanished. A peace accord has been signed within the Constitution. With trust, we will now march forward,� he said.
Asked if there was any trust deficit between New Delhi and the NSCN(IM) during the time of the previous governments at the Centre, Acharya said, �You can take it that way.�
The Governor said that with its mineral wealth and natural resources, Nagaland could achieve prosperity and development at par with other states of the country if genuine peace returned to the state. �Now the development deficiencies have to be addressed,� he said.
Acharya said the peace accord with the biggest insurgent group in the North-east would give an overall boost to the peace agenda of the governments in the region.