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Naga peace pact: Not consulted… found out about accord on TV, says Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki

Arunachal Pradesh CM Nabam Tuki tells Sagnik Chowdhury what Naga peace deal means to his state.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury |
Updated: August 7, 2015 12:38:07 am
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What are your views on the Nagaland peace accord. Do you support it?
I have not seen the accord document signed between the two sides. It is not in my knowledge.

Were you consulted, at any stage, about the deal? When did you get to know about it?
They never consulted us on the peace accord. Arunachal Pradesh was never a part of the peace dialogue while it was on. Arunachal Pradesh was not made a party to the dialogue. I found out about the accord when I saw it on TV on the day it was being signed.

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The deal has possible implications for three Naga-inhabited districts in your state. How do you respond to being kept out of the loop?
We should have been consulted. From what I am getting to hear, only Nagaland may have been consulted. But that again is only hearsay. We are waiting, as there is a possibility that we could get a copy of the accord. If we don’t receive a copy, I will write — either tomorrow or day after — to the Union Home Ministry seeking a copy of the accord, as they should have it. We will then study it.

What is the ground situation in your state?
There is a lot of confusion on the ground. There is no clarity on what might have happened and what the details of the agreement are, and that is why the people are confused.
The accord does not spell out that A, B or C are the points in it. We ourselves are confused, so the people will obviously be confused as well. There is always some tension in insurgency-affected districts.

What is your stand on greater autonomy for district councils in the three Naga-inhabited districts?
If it is based on the state government’s proposal, we will accept it. We had already proposed autonomous district councils. If the Government of India provides benefits to people living in these areas and if within the territory and within the government of Arunachal Pradesh, a development package, autonomy for district development, is given to the three districts, we have no objection.

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