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Acharya hope

Agartala, Aug. 23: Nagaland governor P.B. Acharya, who has additional charge of Tripura, said today that the insurgency problem in Nagaland could be resolved only through peace talks.

“The Centre is keen to solve the Naga political problem through the process of dialogue,” he said during an interaction with the media at the Raj Bhavan here.

“The Centre recently appointed R.N. Ravi as the interlocutor for the talks between the Union government and the NSCN (I-M) and other groups,” said Acharya. He said there was scepticism in some quarters about his appointment but the matter would be sorted out soon. “The groups wanted a neutral interlocutor but have not specified their exact objection to Ravi’s appointment,” he said.

Ravi’s article, Nagaland: Descent into chaos, which appeared in newspapers on January 23, has clearly affirmed his bent of mind and preset notions about different outfits, a group had alleged. Ravi was appointed interlocutor last month after former Nagaland chief secretary R.S. Pandey, who was the earlier interlocutor, resigned and joined the BJP to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Bihar’s Valmikinagar.

Acharya said the Northeast has huge human and natural resources and they must be tapped for the development of the region.