Cabinet delegation led by CM and MP meet Rajnath Singh
Naga Political Settlement
Dimapur, Nov. 03 (EMN): The Chief Minister TR Zeliang with all his cabinet colleagues along with MP Neiphiu Rio on Friday met the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging the minister the need to finalise the solution to the Naga Political issue at the earliest.
“Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri T.R.Zeliang along with his full team of DAN Cabinet and Hon’ble M.P. Shri Neiphiu Rio met Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh. During the meeting Hon’ble Chief Minister and his colleagues impressed upon the Union Home Minister the need for finalising the solution to the long standing Naga Political issue,” stated the press release from the CMO.
The release added that the chief minister stated that it had been 20 years of negotiations and with the state scheduled to have assembly elections early in 2018, it is important that the settlement of Naga political issue is initiated before the elections.
MP Neiphiu Rio also stated that with the commitment and leadership of the prime minister and the union home minister, the final settlement does not seem to be very far and that it will be in the interest of all if the settlement is done before Christmas.
The home minister appreciated the initiative of the chief minister and his colleagues for highlighting the need for an early solution and hoped that settlement of Naga political issue will be done soon.
Very near to final solution
Later, the release added, the delegation also met also R.N. Ravi the Interlocutor for Naga Peace Talks at Nagaland House, New Delhi.
In the meeting the chief minister also requested Ravi to ensure that the settlement of Naga political issue is done before the forthcoming elections.
The chief minister also appreciated the efforts made by the interlocutor towards an inclusive solution that is both honourable and acceptable.
While replying to the requests made, Ravi explained that they were “very near to final solution” and it is essential that all parties are involved in the final negotiations to ensure a peaceful and a long-lasting solution.
He also stated that “most of the substantial issues have been resolved” and only symbolic issues need final resolution.
Ravi further urged upon all concerned to impress all parties for the need of an early solution, preferably before elections in the best interests of the state, the release added.