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Nagaland Congress has decided to stay away from the consultative meeting called by the state government to discuss the Naga political issue and ongoing peace talks between Naga national political organisations and the Indian government.

The Nagaland government has convened the consultative meeting on October 15 at Kohima.

The decision was taken during a meeting of the political affairs committee (PAC) of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on Wednesday.

“PAC was unanimous in its opinion that convening this consultative meeting has become superfluous, because it has been made clear by the negotiating parties that talks have successfully concluded on October 31, 2019,” the PAC of NPCC said in a statement.

And after that, the interlocutor (RN Ravi), who is also the Nagaland Governor has had a “series of consultative meetings with stakeholders, namely the 14 Nagaland Tribe Hohos, NGBF, civil societies and political parties”.

The PAC of the Nagaand Congress said the Nagaand “Governor and Govt of India have already a solution in their mind and we soon expect a final agreement to be signed”.

NPCC has already presented the present position of negotiation and stakeholders’ views to the high-powered committee of All India Congress Committee (AICC) and leaders of Congress Parliamentary Committees in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for support to the views expressed by stakeholders, it said.

“We have been reassured that Congress will stand with stakeholders in Parliament as and when the occasion arises,” the statement said.

“Since we are at the threshold of inking final agreement, we anticipate that the state govt under Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio will step down in favour of solution which has been his commitment for the past seventeen years, and in which, he has never failed to remind the people of Nagaland while addressing every political or social gathering,” it said.

The PAC of NPCC urged “chief minister Rio to uphold his commitment and avoid being an obstacle in paving way for post-solution arrangement”.

“In view of the above situation, we once again reiterate our position to stay away from this ‘superfluous’ consultative meeting,” the PAC further said.

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