RN Ravi

Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA) and Government of India’s representative to Naga Peace Talks, R.N. Ravi is scheduled to arrive in Dimapur on February 26 on a two-day visit to Nagaland and is likely to brief the stakeholders on the “status of Naga Peace Process”.

When contacted, Ravi said, “I am coming to meet the stakeholders, legislators, apex tribal bodies, civil society organisations on the status of Naga Peace Process”. Ravi also added, “I would expect a constructive discussion on this issue with all of them”.

Ravi will arrive in Dimapur on February 26 and straightaway head to Kohima where he is expected to hold series of meetings. He will return to Dimapur on February 27 and leave for Delhi on February 28 afternoon. Ravi, after taking over as government of India’s representative to Naga Peace Talks in 2014, first arrived in Nagaland on May, 2015 and met Naga stakeholders. In an exclusive interview with Nagaland Post after the meetings, Ravi had termed the interaction as “very positive and cooperative”.

In the same interview, he had asked NSCN (K) to rethink their position of abrogating 14 years old cease-fire with government of India and “come back”.

After the split of NSCN (K) in 2018, NSCN/GPRN (K) led by Khango Konyak expressed desire to restore the cease-fire and on January 29, 2019 formally joined the Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and subsequently joined the ongoing Naga Peace Process.

Ravi in his tenure as the representative has managed to rope in seven Naga Political Groups (NPGs), apart from NSCN (I-M) which was already into talks, into Naga Peace Process.

On August 3, 2015, Ravi signed “Framework Agreement” with NSCN (I-M) in the presence of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh. He then went on to sign another agreement with WC of NNPGs on November 17, 2107, which the latter has termed as an “agreed position” between the two entities. Despite opening the  door to all NPGs and holding series of interactions with various sections of the Naga society, Ravi, who has maintained that there would be “only one peace process and one agreement” to the decades old Naga Political issue, is yet to sit together with NSCN (I-M) and WC of NNPGs.

As the present tenure of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre comes to an end, probably, this May, it remains to be seen whether R.N. Ravi could bring together all the negotiating parties together and sign the highly anticipated “final agreement”.

~NagalandPost

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