Much-awaited Naga peace accord in its final stage: CM Rio

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Guwahati, April 13: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has announced that the much-awaited Naga peace accord is in its final state, and that, the matters related to the issues of autonomy between the Centre’s representative and the Naga groups have been settled.

As per reports, other than the symbolic issues like flag and passport, the rest of the matter in connection to Naga peace accord is now in its final stage, said CM Rio during the first meet of NITI Aayog for the Northeast scheduled in Agartala.

Acknowledging the demand by Naga groups for Greater Nagalim as a legitimate demand of the Naga people, the CM said that this would, however, be done through the democratic process. The CM further assured that the elected government will not hold back the agreement whenever it is finalised between Naga groups and the Government of India.

It has also been reported that one of the proposals also intends to convert the armed cadre into Naga battalions who would be trained and controlled by the state government. Although a final decision regarding this has not been taken yet.

It may be mentioned the demand for the Greater Nagalim remains one of the much-debated issues because of which two people were even killed in the police firing in the Dima Hasao district of Assam recently.

Reports also stated that a senior official in New Delhi said that while the stated demand has been resisted by the bordering states, the political parties in Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have already been consulted to find a solution for the same.

It may be also mentioned that while the framework agreement between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) was signed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on August 3, 2015, the CM has however refused to fix a deadline for the completion of the peace talks.