HD Deve Gowda

Guwahati: Believing that Centre’s negotiations with the NSCN (IM) to resolve the Naga problem has run into rough weather, former Prime Minister of the country, HD Deve Gowda, has said that distrust between the parties concerned should put aside and talks should continue keeping the greater interest of the people of the region in mind.

Referring to newspaper reports, Deve Gowda, in a statement, said, “From recent statements made by those involved in the negotiations, it is apparent that distrust has crept in. The Naga ceasefire agreement in 1997, which followed my meeting with Mr Isak Chishi Swu and Mr T Muivah in Zurich, in February 1997, was a result of constructive diplomacy.”

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We should ensure that the progress made in the last 23 years by successive governments is not forsaken now, he said, adding: There is the constitution and also the 2015 framework agreement, which should help us move towards a solution.

“I also hope that distrust is put side, talks continue, and a peace accord is reached at the earliest. The people of the Northeast deserve to live in harmony and witness economic progress,” the former prime minister of the country added.

The Naga peace talks once again hits rough weather as both the NSCN (IM) and the interlocutor RN Ravi, the Nagaland governor, have openly criticised each other regarding the ongoing peace talks.

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The statement issued by the former PM

Recently, the NSCN-IM once again lashed out at RN Ravi for “manipulating” the signed Framework Agreement.

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