The interlocutor for Naga peace talks appointed by the Centre RN Ravi, has resigned. The announcement of the resignation has been made by the Union Home Ministry. Ravi, the current governor of Tamil Nadu, was assigned the task of holding peace talks with the known rebel group of Nagaland, NSCN-IM in 2014. However, it has been a year now since the group has been refusing to hold talks with him and has been demanding his removal.
They have alleged that the former governor of Nagaland is trying to deliberately sabotage the ongoing peace process.
The Minister of Home Affairs in the official statement conveyed that Ravi’s resignation has been accepted with immediate effect by the Government of India. According to reports, former director of Intelligence Bureau Akshay Mishra, who is currently in charge of Northeast Affairs is likely to replace RN Ravi as the new interlocutor for the peace process. Even the Naga groups are said to be favourable of Mishra in leading the talks and have expressed confidence in him over Tamil Nadu governor.
Notably, a framework agreement for Naga Peace Accord had already been signed in 2015, but the government at the centre has been unable to finalise it til date.