Words of governor, Centre on status of Naga peace talks conflicting: NPF MLA

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Kohima, Feb 15 (PTI) The opposition Naga People's Front (NPF) on Monday wondered about the status of negotiations between the Centre and Naga groups, asserting that what Governor R N Ravi and the Centre said on this issue recently are conflicting.

On the motion of thanks on the governors address, NPF member Imkong L Imchen said that Ravi, during his address on the first day of the ongoing session on February 12, had said that talks between the Government of India and the Naga groups have concluded.

On the other hand, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said in Lok Sabha on February 9 that negotiations are at an advanced stage.

Seeking a clarification from Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on this incongruity, he wondered whether the talks have really been concluded or the assembly and the Naga people are being misled.

Responding to the query, Rio said that the statement that talks have concluded was made by the governor who is also the Centres interlocutor for Naga peace talks, and not by the state government.

On the clarification sought by the opposition member, the chief minister said that the House would have sufficient time on Tuesday to discuss the Naga political issue. PTI NBS NN NN