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Mutually agreed draft ready for final Naga accord: Ravi

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DIMAPUR, Oct 19 - The Centre�s representative and interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, on Friday said that a �mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement�, including all the substantive issues and competencies, is ready for the final agreement on the Naga political issue.

Ravi, who is also the Nagaland Governor, said this at a meeting with primary stakeholders of the Naga society in Kohima on Friday evening. Ravi said the Government of India is determined to conclude the peace process without delay by respecting the Naga people�s wishes.

�Endless negotiations under the shadow of the gun are not acceptable,� Ravi said in the meeting.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the Nagaland Governor stated that the Government of India expects all negotiating parties to heed the will of the people and facilitate conclusion of the Naga peace process within the stipulated time.

At a public function in Kohima in August, Ravi had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants a resolution of the Naga issue within three months.

�Unfortunately at this auspicious juncture, the NSCN (I-M) has adopted a procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution on which they are fully aware of the Government of India�s position,� Ravi said. They (NSCN-IM) has mischievously dragged in the Framework Agreement and began imputing imaginary contents to it, he added.

�Some NSCN (I-M) 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,� the Governor said, adding that a detailed consultative meeting with primary stakeholders of the Naga society was held in view of such unfortunate attitude of some NSCN-IM leaders.

The meeting was attended by the apex leadership of 14 tribes of Nagaland, all the minority non-Naga tribes, Nagaland GB Federation, Nagaland Tribes Council, church leaders and other civil society organisations.

The Framework Agreement with the NSCN-IM and the agreed position with the Naga National Political Groups were extensively shared with the leaders present at the meeting, pertinent issues discussed and doubts on competencies clarified, a release issued by the Governor�s Office said.

Ravi appreciated the political maturity and wisdom of the Naga leaders who have expressed their overwhelming support in favour of a settlement. He added the Government of India has been diligent to honourably conclude the Naga peace process, which has been going on for the last over 22 years. The Naga peace process in the last five years has become truly inclusive and reached the conclusion stage, Ravi said.

The release said all Naga armed groups are engaged with the Government of India�s interlocutor and have worked out the draft final settlement. It said the primary stakeholders, which include tribal and civil society organisations from Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, were involved in the peace process and made valuable contributions through regular consultations and insightful inputs.

Ravi said that church leaders with their constant prayers and goodwill have immensely contributed to the cause of enduring peace.

A church leader present at the meeting said, �The interlocutor did not pronounce any particular timeline as regard to the delivery of the solution.� A retired IAS officer, who was also present, said: �We must get back to the people for better or for worse. Let there be a complete understanding for all the people of Nagaland to come forward to agree to the solution, no matter what the consequences.�

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Mutually agreed draft ready for final Naga accord: Ravi

DIMAPUR, Oct 19 - The Centre�s representative and interlocutor for the Naga peace talks, RN Ravi, on Friday said that a �mutually agreed draft comprehensive settlement�, including all the substantive issues and competencies, is ready for the final agreement on the Naga political issue.

Ravi, who is also the Nagaland Governor, said this at a meeting with primary stakeholders of the Naga society in Kohima on Friday evening. Ravi said the Government of India is determined to conclude the peace process without delay by respecting the Naga people�s wishes.

�Endless negotiations under the shadow of the gun are not acceptable,� Ravi said in the meeting.

In a statement issued after the meeting, the Nagaland Governor stated that the Government of India expects all negotiating parties to heed the will of the people and facilitate conclusion of the Naga peace process within the stipulated time.

At a public function in Kohima in August, Ravi had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants a resolution of the Naga issue within three months.

�Unfortunately at this auspicious juncture, the NSCN (I-M) has adopted a procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution on which they are fully aware of the Government of India�s position,� Ravi said. They (NSCN-IM) has mischievously dragged in the Framework Agreement and began imputing imaginary contents to it, he added.

�Some NSCN (I-M) 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,� the Governor said, adding that a detailed consultative meeting with primary stakeholders of the Naga society was held in view of such unfortunate attitude of some NSCN-IM leaders.

The meeting was attended by the apex leadership of 14 tribes of Nagaland, all the minority non-Naga tribes, Nagaland GB Federation, Nagaland Tribes Council, church leaders and other civil society organisations.

The Framework Agreement with the NSCN-IM and the agreed position with the Naga National Political Groups were extensively shared with the leaders present at the meeting, pertinent issues discussed and doubts on competencies clarified, a release issued by the Governor�s Office said.

Ravi appreciated the political maturity and wisdom of the Naga leaders who have expressed their overwhelming support in favour of a settlement. He added the Government of India has been diligent to honourably conclude the Naga peace process, which has been going on for the last over 22 years. The Naga peace process in the last five years has become truly inclusive and reached the conclusion stage, Ravi said.

The release said all Naga armed groups are engaged with the Government of India�s interlocutor and have worked out the draft final settlement. It said the primary stakeholders, which include tribal and civil society organisations from Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, were involved in the peace process and made valuable contributions through regular consultations and insightful inputs.

Ravi said that church leaders with their constant prayers and goodwill have immensely contributed to the cause of enduring peace.

A church leader present at the meeting said, �The interlocutor did not pronounce any particular timeline as regard to the delivery of the solution.� A retired IAS officer, who was also present, said: �We must get back to the people for better or for worse. Let there be a complete understanding for all the people of Nagaland to come forward to agree to the solution, no matter what the consequences.�

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