Second round of Naga peace talks held inside closed doors

24 October 2017

Newmai News Network


The second round of “political negotiation” between the Working Committee of 6 Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks, RN Ravi was held today in Dimapur.

Since it was a closed door talks, what transpired in the talks was not known. Sources said that the talks began at 3 pm at Chumukedima Police Complex in Dimapur. N. Kitotovi, convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs who is also general secretary of GRPN/NSCN, also known by the media earlier as Unification group, led the team.

Earlier in the day at 2 pm, several organisations including Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), ENPO, NGBF, CNTC met RN. Ravi at Chumukedima police complex. They apprised the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga Peace talks to make “stake holders” to be part of the ongoing peace talks. They also submitted memorandums to RN Ravi. The meeting lasted for about an hour.

Ravi arrived in Dimapur today from New Delhi. He was given ‘Public Reception’ near Dimapur Airport organised by NTC and other organisations based in the State of Nagaland at 12:30 pm. RN. Ravi told the gathering that he was here to take the views of the people. He also said that he was not in Nagaland to give “lecture but to listen to the people”.

Further other delegates of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs who participated in today’s talks were Wangtin Naga, president of NSCN-Reformation who is also co-convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, Zhopra Vero, president of NNC/FGN who is also another Co-convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, V. Nagi, general secretary of NNC (Parent Body) and another co-convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, Kiumukum, President of NNC/GDRN who is also one of the Co-convenors of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, Hozheto Chophi, general secretary of NNC/NPGN and another co-convenor of the Working Committee of 6 NNPGs, P Tikhal, General Secretary of NSCN-Reformation, Alezo Venuh, Envoy of GPRN/NSCN. Ghikiho Zhimomi of GPRN/NSCN and four other leaders.

Last month, Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) had expressed its gratitude to Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India “who has acknowledged the indispensability of the rest of NNPGsoutside the ongoing dialogue and has become pivotal in giving rational treatment to every stake-holder”.

It may be noted that last month, New Delhi had ‘formally’ invited the Working Committee of the 6 Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) “to be part of the peace process.”

The 6 NNPGs are GPRN/NSCN, FGN, NNC (Parent Body), NPGN/NNC (NA), NSCN (R) and the NNC/GDRN (NA).


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