Naga talks to resume soon, says Governor

AGARTALA, AUG 23:Naga peace talks will begin soon and the problem can be solved through dialogue only, Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna (P.B) Acharya said Saturday.

“Only through talks, the Naga problem can be resolved. The NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to resolve the long pending problems,” Acharya, who holds additional charge of Tripura Governor, told reporters here.
The central government has recently appointed R.N. Ravi (a retired Special Director of Intelligence Bureau) as an interlocutor to initiate the peace talks between the union government and the NSCN (I-M) and other Naga groups.
“There is some dilemma about the new interlocutor as a Naga group has expressed some reservations against him. This is a minor problem to be sorted out soon,” Acharya added.
Ealier, Naga Hoho through its communication cell had expressed dismay with the appointment of R.N. Ravi as the new interlocutor for Naga talks. Naga Hoho said at this juncture it was imperative to have a neutral interlocutor “without any prejudices” adding that R.N. Ravi’s recent article had “clearly affirmed his bent of mind and his preset notions” of different NPGs.
Naga hoho said such a person would never strive to bring political settlement but “sacrifice” the hard earned peace process by using “mighty Indian forces,” a line advocated by different Indian intelligence officials. The hoho appealed to the government of India and its leaders to seriously ponder on the matter and appoint another interlocutor who possessed no military or IB background.
It may be mentioned that R.N Ravi was appointed interlocutor last month after former Nagaland chief secretary R.S. Pandey, who was chief negotiator for talks with the Naga groups, resigned and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to contest the Lok Sabha election from Bihar’s Valmikinagar.
‘NE is Modi’s top priority’
The Governor also said the Centre wanted development of the Northeastern region, which has only two per cent border with the country and the rest with foreign countries.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the President both told me that Northeast is our priority. It should be developed and its connectivity should be improved. There would be no dearth of money for its development,” Acharya said.
“For the President of India and the PM, their first preference is the Northeast,” the governor told the media at the Raj Bhavan in Agartala on Saturday.
He said: “The integrity of the country is threatened in this area because it is surrounded by the international borders including those with China. It is not accepting Arunachal as the part of our country.
“Infiltration continues from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Assam faces a real danger. “So it is important for the present government to take necessary steps. We will not look at which party rules where and if we require more money, money will come for a right cause and I will give a helping hand.”
Meanwhile, Governor said he would soon visit the Reang camps in Kanchanpur subdivision of North Tripura district.
“The Reangs were ousted from their home state in neighbouring Mizoram and were living in camps for the last 17 years. They must return to their home with proper arrangements,” he said.

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