Kohima, March 5, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Deputy National Security Advisor (internal affairs) R.N. Ravi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will arrive at the state on Tuesday (March 5, 2019) for the Naga peace talks and the final agreement could be signed “any day”.
Narendra Modi and R.N. Ravi will be travelling to Kohima over the next two days to conclude the protracted Naga peace talks, sources said.
According to media reports, the government is ready to consider a Naga flag for a pan-Naga cultural body and to term the final agreement as the “Naga Constitution”. Also, there has been an apparent understanding on the Naga flag and on opening autonomous cultural centres in states adjoining Nagaland with Naga population.
In a media interview, Ravi had said that Naga peace talks were at the “concluding stage”. “Political principles of settlement, substantive issue of competencies and structural issues of governance have all been mutually agreed. The peace process has become truly inclusive with the seven Naga groups coming onboard. We have a mutual understanding with NSCN (I-M) that they would not oppose constructive cooperation in the peace process and their participation in the final agreement. The peace process can conclude any day,” he said.
Also speaking about whether Naga peace talks is in the last stage, he had mentioned that Naga political issue is a very old and complex one and in the last four years, the negotiating parties have made significant continuous progress by resolving several facets of it.
However, last week some stakeholders including Naha Hoho, the Naga Mothers’ Association and Naga Students’ Federation boycotted the meeting with the Deputy National Security Advisor citing “insincerity” on the part of the Central government.