‘IB team to fast-track Naga peace process’

R.N. Ravi  

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-IM (NSCN-IM) said on Sunday that after Naga interlocutor R.N. Ravi created an imbroglio in the peace talk process, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mandated a team of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials to fast-track the communication and clear the pending issues.

The group also released a copy of the original 2015 framework agreement, which stated that the Centre had agreed on “sharing the sovereign power” and provided for an “enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities”.

The contents were released for the first time by the group last week.

Mr. Ravi did not respond to requests for a comment.

The NSCN-IM, one of the largest Naga groups, signed a framework agreement in the presence of Prime Minister on August 3, 2015 to end the decades-old Naga issue.

Mr. Ravi had signed the agreement on behalf of the Centre. After five years, the group is demanding the removal of Mr. Ravi, accusing him of “highhandedness” and tweaking the agreement to mislead the other Naga groups. Mr. Ravi was also appointed as Nagaland Governor last year.

‘Won’t merge’

NSCN-IM chief Thuingaleng Muivah had said on Friday that the Centre recognised the sovereignty of the Nagas when it signed the 2015 agreement and that the Nagas will co-exist but not merge with India.

The NSCN-IM statement on Sunday said, “NSCN has been talking to Ravi as Interlocutor and not as Governor. But since Ravi created imbroglio in the talk process, the PM gave mandate to continue the talk to a team of IB as a Fast Track Channel for communication and clear the pending points in the competency. Once everything is clear the agreement will be at political level of the Prime Minister.”

In November 2017, Mr. Ravi included more Naga groups within the fold of the talks and signed a preamble with the seven Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs).

The NNPGs back Mr. Ravi and demand that the final peace pact be signed soon.

NSCN-IM has been fighting for ‘Greater Nagaland’ or Nagalim — it wants to extend Nagaland’s borders by including Naga-dominated areas in neighbouring Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.