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Only one final accord on Naga political issue: Ravi

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Nov 7 - There will only be one final accord for the solution of the Naga political issue and the Government of India is not keen on signing separate accords with different groups. This was disclosed by the Centre�s interlocutor for Naga talks, RN Ravi.

Ravi told The Assam Tribune today that signing different agreements with different groups would not help in long lasting solution and efforts are on to bring all the groups to talks for a comprehensive agreement for a long term solution. The Government of India has already signed a framework agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (IM) and discussions are on for a final solution. Efforts are also being made to take all the stakeholders including the Governments of the neighbouring States on board for finding a comprehensive solution.

The Government of India has �almost reached� an agreement with the NSCN (I-M) on political issues and the administrative issues are now being discussed. The Government has made it clear that there would not be any disturbance of the geographical boundaries of the States. However, the Naga people living in other States may be given some rights and discussions are on with the concerned State Governments in this regard as the Government of India is not willing to impose any decision on any State.

Replying to a question, Ravi admitted that consultations are on with the NSCN (N-K), commonly known as the Unification group, and efforts are on to bring all the groups to the negotiation table for a comprehensive solution to the issues.

On whether fresh efforts would be made to bring the NSCN (K) to the negotiation table, Ravi pointed out that it was the outfit, which broke the ceasefire agreement and then indulged in fresh violence. The Government did not break the ceasefire agreement with the NSCN (K). Now it is up to the outfit to decide whether to return to the negotiation table, he added.

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Only one final accord on Naga political issue: Ravi

GUWAHATI, Nov 7 - There will only be one final accord for the solution of the Naga political issue and the Government of India is not keen on signing separate accords with different groups. This was disclosed by the Centre�s interlocutor for Naga talks, RN Ravi.

Ravi told The Assam Tribune today that signing different agreements with different groups would not help in long lasting solution and efforts are on to bring all the groups to talks for a comprehensive agreement for a long term solution. The Government of India has already signed a framework agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (IM) and discussions are on for a final solution. Efforts are also being made to take all the stakeholders including the Governments of the neighbouring States on board for finding a comprehensive solution.

The Government of India has �almost reached� an agreement with the NSCN (I-M) on political issues and the administrative issues are now being discussed. The Government has made it clear that there would not be any disturbance of the geographical boundaries of the States. However, the Naga people living in other States may be given some rights and discussions are on with the concerned State Governments in this regard as the Government of India is not willing to impose any decision on any State.

Replying to a question, Ravi admitted that consultations are on with the NSCN (N-K), commonly known as the Unification group, and efforts are on to bring all the groups to the negotiation table for a comprehensive solution to the issues.

On whether fresh efforts would be made to bring the NSCN (K) to the negotiation table, Ravi pointed out that it was the outfit, which broke the ceasefire agreement and then indulged in fresh violence. The Government did not break the ceasefire agreement with the NSCN (K). Now it is up to the outfit to decide whether to return to the negotiation table, he added.