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Time to announce solution approaching: NNPGs
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 DIMAPUR, Sept 11 - The working committee of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) said the defining moment for announcing an honourable and acceptable solution to the Naga issue is approaching.

 It said the Government of India would not wait for anyone any more as it is the desire of both the Centre and the Naga people that there should be only one solution to the Naga issue.

The committee made the statement today after holding talks with interlocutor RN Ravi at the Chumukedima police complex on Thursday.

The committee stated the official position is that the Naga issue must be settled and the waiting period is over, for which the Centre is preparing necessary steps.

The statement said the interlocutor affirmed that the Government of India was taking forward the decision of the Naga groups taken on October 31 last year, the day the Naga talks were said to have been concluded.

It said the Centre had acknowledged that the Naga tribes and civil societies have spelled out their position on the Indo-Naga political issue. In reciprocal manner, it is determined to fulfil the political aspirations of the Naga people, the statement said.

It said both the Centre and the working committee felt that the unity of the Nagas at this time is critical. It added that its cordial engagement with neighbouring communities, which should be continued, was appreciated by the Government of India because any outcome would affect all in the neighbourhood.

The committee said it had disclosed the status papers of the negotiations to the Naga tribes, elected representatives of the past and present, Naga civil societies and the church leaders.

The committee said it had conveyed to the interlocutor that the Intangki reserve forest is the common property of all Nagas and it will be restored to its original pristine position.

In his response, Ravi said the Intangki reserve forest belongs to the people of Nagaland and the Centre has no say in the land and natural resources of the Nagas. “This is one aspect of the sovereign rights of the Nagas,” the committee said.

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