Kohima: Moments after the talks between the Centre and NSCN-IM ended on a positive note on Thursday evening, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio took to Twitter to extend his appreciation to the negotiating parties of the ongoing discussions.
“We extend our deepest appreciation to the negotiating parties of the peace talks for making the historic breakthrough. Thank you Honourable @PMOIndia Shri @narendramodi and @AmitShah for the political will and concern for the #Naga people,” he wrote.
In a subsequent tweet, Rio wrote: “Congratulations to Shri RN Ravi, NSCN (IM) & NNPGs for the efforts & sacrifices. Also, appreciation to the civil societies, mass-based organisations, NGOs, churches & the Naga people for the support & prayers. We praise God Almighty & look forward to a new era for the Naga people”.
“It is a historic moment and an occasion of great joy for all Nagas and the nation as a whole. Peace will now pave the way for genuine progress and true nation-building,” he wrote in another tweet.
Earlier on Thursday, Rio tweeted: “The real strength of a nation comes from its people.
On #NationalUnityDay, let us reaffirm our individual and political will to work towards unity because there is beauty & power in unity and we are, truly, as strong as we are united. #RashtriyaEktaDiwas #SardarVallabhbhaiPatel”
Meanwhile, leader of Opposition TR Zeliang also tweeted: “I congratulate the Hon’ble PM Sh @narendramodi and the Union HM Sh @AmitShah for having the resoluteness to solve the Naga Issue. Also a hearty congratulations to Sh RN Ravi, the interlocutor and the NSCN(IM) and 7-NNPGs for arriving at a mutual understanding”.
In a following tweet, Zeliang wrote: “The dream and desire of the Naga people for permanent peace and tranquility in our land will soon become a reality after positive outcome of today’s meeting. Once again big congratulations to all parties involved in bringing about understanding”.
However, the Ministry of Home Affairs, in a statement issued through the PIB at 7:51 said “It has come to notice of the Government that lots of rumours and misinformation is being spread in media including social media that final Naga settlement has been arrived at and will be announced soon. This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country”.
“It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including States of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration”, the statement said.
After a long, 22-year wait, the Naga peace talks, it seems, have reached a conclusive stage, with the Centre reportedly deciding to accept the demands of the NSCN-IM, but with certain pre-conditions.