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Move to expedite Naga accord implementation

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GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - The Government of India has achieved an �important landmark� by signing the framework agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim(IM), and now the process of working out the details in consultation with all the stakeholders has started so that the agreement can be implemented as soon as possible.

Highly placed sources in the Government of India told The Assam Tribune that as part of working out the details of the framework agreement, the Centre�s interlocutor for Naga talks RV Ravi, who is also the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), would be visiting Nagaland from tomorrow.

Sources said during the three-day visit, Ravi is scheduled to hold meetings with the Governor and the Chief Minister of Nagaland as well as with civil society groups and leaders of the NSCN(IM) to hold detailed consultations on the framework agreement so that the details can be worked out soon. �The civil society groups of Nagaland must have a number of questions on the framework agreement and the Centre�s interlocutor would try to answer their queries so that everyone can give their suggestions,� sources added.

The Naga National Council (NNC) has raised a few questions on the framework agreement and there have been reports that the organisation has also written to the government in this regard. Till date the government has not received any letter from the NNC, but the Centre�s interlocutor would be ready to reply to their queries during his stay in Nagaland, sources added.

The Government of India is also willing to bring the other underground groups of Nagaland to the negotiation table for restoration of permanent peace in the state and the role of the civil society is vital in this regard. During his discussions with the civil society groups, Ravi would request them to play a part in bringing the other groups to the negotiation table.

On efforts to bring back the NSCN(K) to the negotiation table, sources said the onus is on the outfit. The government did not break the ceasefire agreement with the outfit. It was the NSCN(K) which broke away from the agreement and even resorted to violence after joining hands with three other militant groups of the region. The government would like to engage the outfit in the negotiation process, but it is up to the outfit to decide whether to return to the negotiation table or not, sources added.

Some civil society groups have already started a move to bring the NSCN(K) to the negotiation table.

It may be mentioned that the NSCN(IM) has invited all the legislators including the Ministers for a detailed discussion on the framework agreement tomorrow.

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Move to expedite Naga accord implementation

GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - The Government of India has achieved an �important landmark� by signing the framework agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim(IM), and now the process of working out the details in consultation with all the stakeholders has started so that the agreement can be implemented as soon as possible.

Highly placed sources in the Government of India told The Assam Tribune that as part of working out the details of the framework agreement, the Centre�s interlocutor for Naga talks RV Ravi, who is also the Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), would be visiting Nagaland from tomorrow.

Sources said during the three-day visit, Ravi is scheduled to hold meetings with the Governor and the Chief Minister of Nagaland as well as with civil society groups and leaders of the NSCN(IM) to hold detailed consultations on the framework agreement so that the details can be worked out soon. �The civil society groups of Nagaland must have a number of questions on the framework agreement and the Centre�s interlocutor would try to answer their queries so that everyone can give their suggestions,� sources added.

The Naga National Council (NNC) has raised a few questions on the framework agreement and there have been reports that the organisation has also written to the government in this regard. Till date the government has not received any letter from the NNC, but the Centre�s interlocutor would be ready to reply to their queries during his stay in Nagaland, sources added.

The Government of India is also willing to bring the other underground groups of Nagaland to the negotiation table for restoration of permanent peace in the state and the role of the civil society is vital in this regard. During his discussions with the civil society groups, Ravi would request them to play a part in bringing the other groups to the negotiation table.

On efforts to bring back the NSCN(K) to the negotiation table, sources said the onus is on the outfit. The government did not break the ceasefire agreement with the outfit. It was the NSCN(K) which broke away from the agreement and even resorted to violence after joining hands with three other militant groups of the region. The government would like to engage the outfit in the negotiation process, but it is up to the outfit to decide whether to return to the negotiation table or not, sources added.

Some civil society groups have already started a move to bring the NSCN(K) to the negotiation table.

It may be mentioned that the NSCN(IM) has invited all the legislators including the Ministers for a detailed discussion on the framework agreement tomorrow.

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