ZB (AMN) asks PM to keep RN Ravi as Interlocutor

DIMAPUR, AUGUST 9 (MExN): The Zeliangrong Baudi (AMN) has urged the Prime Minister of India to ensure that the present Interlocutor to the Indo-Naga peace talks is not changed “so that the Indo-Naga political issue is solved without any further delay.”

In a representation to the Prime Minister, the ZB (AMN) President Athuan Abonma and General Secretary, Gainithoi Gonmei said that the Zeliangrong people living in the states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland are “immensely happy to see the progress and expediting of the Indo-Naga political negotiations between the Naga Political Groups and Government of India led by a dynamic Interlocutor, RN Ravi who is also the Governor of Nagaland.” 

It stated that the Zeliangrong people and the Nagas in general are looking up to the strong and able leadership of the Prime Minister to solve the Indo-Naga political issue in a time bound manner. It added that the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) “has also been taking part in the political negotiations under the banner of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs).”

The ZB (AMN) claimed that the Naga Political Groups and Government of India had “wrapped up the Indo Naga political negotiation on October 31, 2019 after breakthrough of the deadlock and to pave the way to ink the final agreement at any possible time.” 

It viewed that that the Government of India and the Naga Political Groups are moving on the final leg to seal the political negotiation by signing the final agreement. 

“When this is the reality of the Indo-Naga political negotiation where the Zeliangrong community in particular and Nagas in general are hoping for lasting political solution, the demand raised by NSCN (IM) and its few frontal civil organizations at this juncture to replace the Interlocutor, RN Ravi is unrealistic and makes no sense at all,” the ZB (AMN) said. 

It further claimed that this demand will only procrastinate the signing of the final agreement and “we have every reason to suspect that it is another ploy by NSCN (IM) just to impress before the general public that the Government of India can be easily twisted and turned at their convenience.”

The ZB (AMN) recalled that “all previous Interlocutors had been talking only to one Naga Political Group.” “After he took over as the Interlocutor he managed to rope in most of the Naga Political Groups which is a very significant development towards bringing lasting solution to the Nagas,” it added.

It therefore asked the Government of India to “remain firm without backtracking from the commitment and seriousness to solve the Indo-Naga political issue at the earliest under the Interlocutor, RN Ravi.” 

“Any slight mistake or hasty decision taken by the Government of India at this final stage by succumbing to the pressure base on the unrealistic grounds and demand of one Naga Political Group could further delay the signing of final agreement which will only prolong the conflict in the region,” it cautioned.