New Delhi, November 8, 2019:

Ahead of the final agreement between the central government and Naga rebel groups to end insurgency in the state, the Indian Army’s Chief of Staff on Thursday called on the Nagaland Governor.

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General Bipin Rawat met Nagaland Governor RN Ravi, who is also the interlocutor-cum representative of the Centre, in talks with the rebel groups.

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“The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied by Lieutenant General Anil Chauhan, Army Commander of Eastern Command. During the visit, he also interacted with senior military officers and chairman of the ceasefire monitoring group,” said the public relations officer of the Eastern Command.

The security situation in the hinterland, along the borders and a possible way ahead, were discussed during the visit.

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The Centre on October 31 had said it is yet to conclude talks with the Nagaland insurgent groups and will consult all stakeholders, including the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, before finalisation of any settlement.

Meanwhile, the Central Government has been unable to reach a settlement with the NSCN (IM), the largest insurgent group in the state. Ravi has accused the outfit of stalling the discussions over the contentious issue.

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