The Naga Accord, which hopes to bring an end to the India’s oldest insurgency, according to a report in the Indian Express, is in its final stages.
According to the report, the accord does not change the boundary of states, provides autonomous Naga territorial councils for Arunachal and Manipur, a common cultural body for Nagas across states, specific institutions for state’s development, integration and rehabilitation of non-state Naga militia and the removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
As per the report, the last hurdle in the process is the demand for a separate flag for the state of Nagaland.
The Government of India’s interlocutor, R N Ravi, who signed the framework agreement with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN-IM in August 2015, told the Indian Express: “Yes, we are pretty close to finalising the (Naga Peace) accord”.
Ravi has been closely associated with the Naga peace process for decades in various capacities as an Intelligence Bureau officer before taking over as the Centre’s interlocutor in July 2014.