GUWAHATI: NSCN-IM stated that after 22 years long intensive negotiations, the Government of India has now started trying to twist and backtrack on their commitments and words so that the hard-earned Framework Agreement is nullified on any pretext.
In a statement the outfit said,”Recognizing the reality that the case of the Nagas is political, not that of law and order problem of India, talks between the Government of India (GoI) and NSCN began resulting in the signing of the cease-fire agreement on 1st August, 1997. In the subsequent talks, the Government of India recognized the unique history and situation of the Nagas on 11th July, 2002, which means, the Nagas have never been a part of the Union of India nor that of Burma either by conquest of the two powers or by consent of the Nagas”.
Government of India and NSCN signed the historic Framework Agreement on 3rd of August, 2015.
NSCN- IM stated that BJP government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took bold and positive step where it recognizes the sovereignty of the Nagas stating, in keeping with the universal principle of democracy, sovereignty of the Nagas lies with the Naga people.
It also states inclusive durable peaceful ‘co-existence of the two entities’ based on the principle of ‘shared-sovereignty. By inclusiveness, NSCN emphasizes – inclusive of all Nagas in all areas and all aspects of agreed competencies, and it cannot be misconstrued/interpreted as Union of India.
The outfit further said, “The Naga national flag is the symbol of the recognized Naga entity. It is the covenant of God with the Naga people and the commitment of the Naga people to God. The Constitution of the Nagas is the book form of the recognized sovereignty and mutually agreed competencies. NSCN is deeply committed to the Framework Agreement, and that it will stand by it at all costs in all events. It is strongly opposed to imposition of one’s will on the other.”
NSCN-IM stated after 22 years long intensive negotiations, the Government of India has now started trying to twist and backtrack on their commitments and words so that the hard-earned Framework Agreement is nullified on any pretext. “It is surprising to see that the GoI is trying to hijack the outcome of the talks by using a section of people who are not mandated and do not represent the Naga people and the Naga national issue. It should be understood that any proposed solution that betrays the Naga national issue will be but repetition of the past mistakes. We are sure it will be a great loss for both the two peoples if we miss this finest opportunity. After all, the truth never dies. No power in history has ever destroyed it.”
Source: Economic Times