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Need To Re-Establish Ties between Hill and Valley People, Says RN Ravi

Need To Re-Establish Ties between Hill and Valley People, Says RN Ravi

Nagaland Governor RN Ravi, who is also the interlocutor for talks with Naga insurgent group NSCN-IM, expressed concern on Friday about the deterioration of "traditional fraternal relations" between the people of the hill and the valley in Manipur, saying that the vexed issue cannot reach its logical conclusion without trusting all the neighbors.

He said in a statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted a comprehensive resolution of the Naga problem in view of the sensitivities of all stakeholders, including neighbors, he met with the leaders of the United Naga Council (UNC) Manipur, the apex body of Manipur's Naga tribes, at Kohima.

“The government of India interlocutor expressed concern over deterioration in the traditional brotherly relations between the hill and the valley people of Manipur in recent decades due to the politics of vested interests.”

“The reality that the Naga political issue cannot be resolved in isolation or reach its logical conclusion without taking all stakeholders, including the neighbors, into confidence was re-emphasized,” the statement said.

Ravi said the imperatives of restoring the traditional harmonious relation among the hill and the valley people of Manipur were adequately emphasized.

“The UNC leaders were exhorted to take effective measures to reach out to the valley people in the spirit of mutual love and understanding for an enduring peaceful co-existence,” it said.

According to the statement, the UNC leaders were briefed on the current status of the peace talks, including the significant development of settling friendly all contentious issues among the UNC leaders ' queries of the negotiating parties.

“When the Naga political issue is at the stage of settlement, the UNC leaders were reminded of their responsibility in ensuring that the Naga tribes of Manipur maintain a cordial relationship with the fellow communities of the state,” it said.

In recent months, hectic negotiations to find a lasting solution to the seven-decade-old Nagaland insurgency problem continued with Mr. Ravi holding regular discussions with the NSCN-IM.

NSCN-IM leader Thuingaleng Muivah and Mr Ravi signed a Framework Agreement in the presence of Prime Minister Modi on August 3, 2015.

The Framework Agreement came after more than 80 rounds of 18-year talks, with the first breakthrough in 1997, when the ceasefire agreement was shut down after decades of unrest in Nagaland, which started shortly after India's 1947 independence.

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