Kohima, July 6: Interlocutor for Naga peace talks and Joint Intelligence Committee chairman, R.N. Ravi on Thursday said that the solution to the protracted Naga political issue is close-by. “We are close towards solution and bringing the framework agreement to a conclusion,” Ravi said.
In this regard, Ravi said he had come to Nagaland “to hold one more round of consultations” with the civil societies. He also called on Nagaland chief minister, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu at the latter’s official residence.
Ravi, who is on a three-day visit to Nagaland, will be holding consultative meetings with various stakeholders on the Naga issue at Kohima and Dimapur.
In a brief interaction with media persons outside hotel de Oriental Grand, Kohima on Thursday evening, Ravi said he “had come to consult the civil societies, hear their views and suggestions and said he will take back the suggestions”. He however refused to comment on the time frame for the final solution. When asked about the statement made by one Central government official that India would ask Myanmar government to snap the cease-fire agreement with the NSCN (K), Ravi rubbished the statement and termed it as “nonsense.” On Thursday, Ravi met at least six civil societies at the hotel.
When contacted, NSF president Chirstopher Ltu informed Nagaland Post that the NSF members met RN Ravi and reiterated its earlier stand for “a logical solution, in line with the appeal for an honourable and acceptable solution at the earliest.”
The repeated request by media persons for a formal interaction with the Interlocutor was turned down. When contacted, Home department officials said Ravi refused to include “interaction with media” in the list.
Meanwhile, a source closely associated with the affairs of the state told Times of India that– “The problem of Nagaland is not of just one faction but of all the people. The centre believes that piecemeal solution will not work and all stakeholders must be taken on board. Ravi’s visit confirms centre’s decision to make the talks all inclusive, though this decision should have been taken long back.”
“Ravi’s coming to Nagaland signifies that Centre is in hurry to resolve the Naga issue. People of Nagaland are fed up with violence and everyone wants an end to it and a solution for Nagas of Nagaland,” the source said.
TOI reported that the two decades old peace process between the Centre and NSCN (I-M) for the elusive Naga settlement stands at the threshold of a new beginning as Nagas of Nagaland await the Centre’s approval to involve all stakeholders in the state, including NSCN(K), in the process instead of trying to sign the peace agreement with just one of party.