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ANSAM urges to replace interlocuter
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Senapati, August 22 2014 : The All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has urged the Government of India to replace the newly named interlocutor for Naga peace talks Mr RN Ravi.

ANSAM said that driven by the expedient need for resolving the age-old Naga issue, the Governmet of India entered into a historic 'Ceasefire' pact on 1st August, 1997 with the NSCN(IM), the oldest movement for Self- determination in Asia, bringing to an end an era of conflict and bloodshed.

According to the Naga students' body, ever since, both the entities have had engaged in several path-breaking rounds of high-level negotiations.

The talks is certainly heading on the right track with the Government of India finally acknowledging the genuineness and uniqueness of Naga Issue.

However, at a juncture where the talks have entered a very crucial and defining stage, the appointment of RN Ravi (former Special Director IB) as the new Interlocutor for the Indo-Naga talks has certainly cast deep aspersions on the Government of India's self-professed assurance to finding an honourable solution to the decades-long Naga political Issue, ANSAM added.

"The Government of India, by placing at the helm of affairs a former IB officer like RN Ravi, who in the past had the audacity to term the current 'Ceasefire' as 'Reckless" and "Illogical', has not only revealed itself India government's 'reckless' policies but certainly put its intentions and pretentious commitment under serious doubt.

The move to depute RN Ravi who had the distinction of prophesying a 'Chekhovian' fate for the current talks and going overboard to call his would-be negotiating partner- the NSCN a 'Militia' - in all perceivable aspects, is nothing short of an attempt to derail the hard-earned Peace Process, if not to engage in a "waste game".

Mr.RN Ravi's appointment can only be seen as creating a vitiated scenario which has the imminent possibility to throw the peace talks off-gear," ANSAM stated.

In the light of the current development, the Nagas appeal to the newly-installed NDA-led Government to replace the currently named Interlocutor to pave way for smooth dialogue, the ANSAM press note stated.


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