Outfit criticises Governor Ravi’s comments in Nagaland Assembly

DIMAPUR, March 3: Countering the recent statement made by Nagaland Governor RN Ravi, the NSCN (I-M) today claimed that the Indo-Naga political talks are back on the table.

The outfit, in a release, alleged that Ravi created “unnecessary confusion” with his “reckless statement” in the Nagaland Assembly that the Indo-Naga political talks have concluded.

“It is needless to say that in many points, his statements and conclusions reflected his role as Nagaland Governor and not as Interlocutor,” the outfit said. It may be mentioned here that Ravi is also the Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga talks.

The NSCN (I-M) rued that Ravi’s role as the interlocutor is nothing less than disparaging and dismal. It said the historic Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015, is being brought back to life in order to remove any misinterpretation and expedite signing of the Naga peace agreement.

It added that the status of the Indo-Naga political talks that was mentioned in the last Parliament session was confirmed by the Union Government to be in an advanced stage.

“No doubt, this is the ground reality of the Indo-Naga political talk and NSCN talk team is leaving no stone unturned to safeguard the political identity of the Naga people,” the release added.

The NSCN (I-M) said it was very unfortunate that Ravi had made such a “misleading statement” before the whole nation. It added that he had blatantly contradicted the Government of India and the Indian Parliament, besides the 136 crore Indians and the world community, in respect of the sensitive Indo-Naga political negotiations which have been going on for more than two decades.

“In the matter of Naga political issue he should be cautious of every single word he uttered lest his credibility is damned,” the outfit stated in the release.

The NSCN (I-M) stated that the Indo-Naga political talks are being handled by both the parties to take the Naga people and the Government of India to the point that is honourable and acceptable. This is the official understanding and the only way to conclude the talks, it stressed.

The NSCN (I-M) asserted that under no circumstances, it would fail the Naga people, nor would it ever sign any agreement that is short of the mutual standards as agreed upon.