New Delhi, Feb 23 :Ahead of elections in Manipur, the Centre today said all stakeholders will be consulted before finalising the Naga accord and the deal signed with NSCN-IM in 2015 does not compromise the State’s territorial integrity.
“Without the consultations of all the stakeholders, final decision on Naga issue will not be taken,” Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju told reporters here.
The Minister’s statement bears significance as Assembly polls in Manipur will be held on March 4 and 8. People in Manipur are very sensitive on the Naga issue and opposed to the NSCN-IM’s demand for integration of Naga inhabited areas in Manipur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to campaign for the BJP in Manipur this weekend.
Echoing Rijiju, Centre’s Interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi said no solution will be reached at without taking the wishes of the people of Manipur including those who live in Imphal valley, who are important stakeholders.
Referring to the ‘Framework Agreement’ signed with the NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015, Ravi said “This doesn’t compromise Manipur’s territorial integrity at all”.
“This is just a broad document under which we will work out details. It is not final agreement,” he said.
Ravi also said violence can never bring a solution and all stakeholders have to be taken into confidence before finalising any final peace accord with the Nagas.
The ‘Framework Agreement’ was signed by NSCN-IM general secretary T Muivah and Ravi, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The pact set the political parameters of the final solution. The signing of the agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 18 years with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed. PTI
Source: The Sangai Express