Kohima: Nagaland governor RN Ravi is all set to hold an ’emergency meeting’ with a delegation of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN)-IM led by senior leader VS Atem in New Delhi on March 9, highly-placed sources in the Union home ministry told EastMojo.
Ravi, who is also the chief interlocutor of the Naga peace talks, already left the state for the national capital on Thursday, the sources added.
Owing to ‘Ato Kilonser’ Thuingaleng Muivah’s ill-health, VS Atem, a senior leader of the Naga insurgent group, will be at the helm of affairs during the meeting with governor Ravi on Monday, the sources said.
The meeting assumes significance as the NSCN-IM had been critical of the remarks made by governor Ravi who, in a recent interview, had accused the group of misinterpreting the Framework Agreement with “new and mischievous interpretations” to delay a permanent solution.
While releasing a press release over the matter on March 2, the NSCN-IM reiterated that the final solution shall be a “Naga solution” which is inclusive of all Nagas. It had also said that the “peaceful co-existence of the two entities shall only be through the sharing of sovereign power”. Pointing at the “hypocrisy and double standards” of the Centre, it questioned as to what “the cost” could be, since “history is being repeated”.
The meeting also assumes significance as a high-level delegation from the Working Committee (WC) of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) had on February 24 met governor Ravi in New Delhi to deliberate on the negotiations in run-up to sign the historic Naga peace agreement.
Sources from the NNPG had informed EastMojo then that the government of India (GoI) was “prepared to go ahead and sign the agreement anytime”, even without the NSCN-IM, the sources added.
“We are simply finalising the document that we have been working on. We are trying to have clear understanding on the issues,” the sources in the NNPG told EastMojo. Adding further, the sources said that if all negotiations are done, the GOI is prepared to go ahead and sign the agreement anytime. “But for the interest of the Nagas and India, all stakeholders are to be consulted. GoI is aware that NSCN-IM is prolonging the talks,” the sources added.
In January, the NSCN-IM had warned the Centre about the need to “save the political dialogue instead of creating distrust at this stage and demolishing the political negotiation”. Expressing its disappointment over GoI’s intelligence agencies, particularly the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the group said that activities conducted by it only created “trust deficit in the minds of the Nagas and the NSCN”.
The NSCN-IM had also warned that only when the GoI starts respecting the “commitment”, the political dialogue can move forward in the spirit of “mutual trust and understanding”.