Centre accepts NSCN-K proposal to hold talks
DIMAPUR, 15th Nov: Government of India (GoI) has accepted the proposal of NSCN-K led by Khango for peace process. This information was shared by Nagaland Gaon Bura Federation (NGBF) through a press release. Following weeks of speculations and the mediation by NGBF which was endorsed by the Khango-led NSCN (K) group to act as go-between, both GoI and Khango-led group has purportedly agreed to clear the decks and begin the process of negotiation. According to a statement of NGBF, “consequent upon the meeting, NSCN/ GPRN (NSCN-K) has officially endorsed NGBF to pursue the issue with Government of India in order to pave the way for NSCN/GPRN to enter in the ceasefire at the earliest”. The statement further said that during the meeting, NSCN-K had placed certain conditions before the GoI for consideration which the outfit considered were necessary for the peace process to resume. In this regard, the NGBF met centre’s interlocutor for the Naga peace talks RN Ravi in New Delhi on November 1 and conveyed the conditions laid by the Khango led NSCN-K. In response, RN Ravi told the NGBF that “the Government of India never abrogated the ceasefire with NSCN (K) but NSCN (K) walked away from the ceasefire in March, 2015”, informed the NGBF statement. He reportedly told the NGBF that “the Government of India still stands and welcomes NSCN (K) for peace process”. According to the NGBF, RN Ravi had also conveyed to them that the GoI has no objection for NSCN (K) to maintain their entity. “As soon as the NSCN (K) comes into peace process with the Government of India the ban on NSCN (K), ‘terrorist tag’ and ‘bounties’ on its leaders will be automatically removed/closed”, Ravi told the NGBF delegation. The Khango-led NSCN (K) had placed a four-point demand to the GoI for consideration which included lifting ban imposed on NSCN and removal of terrorist tag; rescinding the bounties placed on NSCN leaders; repealing AFSPA/DDA on the enforced Naga areas and unconditional release of NSCN cadres arrested after the abrogation of ceasefire and undergoing trials or serving sentences in different prisons across the state/country. According to the NGBF, Ravi also had told the former that the GoI welcomes NSCN (K) for the peace talk anytime. He then said, “The Government of India has a commitment to solve the Naga issue with one comprehensive solution”.
The peace talk interlocutor was also quoted as saying: “it is therefore, cannot have many agreements”. He also reportedly said that the “Government of India at this juncture is not in a state to take up third party with fresh negotiation”.
Ravi said that “the Government of India welcomes NSCN (K) and there should not be any insecurity on the part of the NSCN (K)”, mentioned the NGBF statement.
Accordingly, the Khango-led NSCN-K accepted the conditions placed by the GoI, the NGBF added.
With this development, the Khango-led NSCN-K and the GoI are likely to begin dialogue anytime from now.
NGBF media cell disclosed that the federation, during its meeting with the Khango-led group at Yankhao village on October 25, was officially endorsed to pursue the issue with the Centre in order pave the way for the group to enter into ceasefire at the earliest. At the meeting NGBF said Khango acknowledged the appeal of the Nagas and decided to resume ceasefire with the Centre.
Subsequently, the federation representative met RN Ravi at JIC Headquarters, New Delhi, wherein the latter stressed that the Centre is committed to solve the Naga issue with one comprehensive solution and therefore cannot have many agreements.
In the light of the development, the NGBF has appealed to the Centre to promptly respond to the peace offer and resume talks as soon as possible.
The federation also appealed to all the Naga political groups to unite and join the peace process for early solution.