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‘Loose CFGR responsible for extortions, kidnappings’: Therie

DIMAPUR, JAN 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/6/2021 12:15:37 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K.Therie reiterated his party’s peaceful resolution to the political problem in Nagaland was consistent , while welcoming Niki Sumi-led NSCN(K) decision to join the peace process as there was always room for those who subscribe to peaceful solution.

Stressing on the need for peaceful resolution through dialogue, Therie however held “deliberate loose Cease Fire Ground Rules(CFGR)” as responsible for illegal collection and extortions that have been etched with a history of assassinations, shootings, kidnappings and ransom, bank robberies, rapes and intimidations. 

He said while public bore the brunt of the loose CFGR, the government of the day gave full facilitation. In view of this, he said public in general have come out without reservation for peaceful solution while being muted about demand for sovereignty. Therie said the situation took a ‘U-turn’ as people now seek protection from Indian security forces out of fear of “our own Naga national workers”.

Reaffirming that the Congress always endeavoured to resolve problems through peaceful constitutional means, Therie recalled that Nehru offered peace talks while Indira Gandhi held six rounds of direct talks with FGN delegates. He also said Rajiv Gandhi had also offered to hold talks without pre-condition on May 19,1991 while Narasimha Rao also offered talks without preconditions on February 22, 1996 at Dimapur. 

Therie further said talks with NSCN(I-M) began in July 1997 as then chief minister Dr.S.C.Jamir announced the cease fire on July 25,1997 that came into effect from August 1,1997. He said past historical realities had made a difference. 

He said the Framework Agreement signed on August 3,2015 was like a guiding light for solution and also expressed happiness that NNPGs and the government of India also signed the Agreed Position on November 17,2017. Therie said solution in Nagaland was on the pipeline and after apprising the AICC high powered committee about the present status on September 25,2020, it has also agreed to support. 

Therie said the matter that remained to be resolved was with Manipur and called upon Manipur Nagas to “be honest to Nagaland people as brothers and sisters”. He reminded that after signing of the 16 Point Agreement for statehood, R.C.Chiten Jamir, had attended a meeting at Ukhrul on whether Nagas of Manipur wished to be integrated with the new Nagaland state. Therie said at the meeting, “Manipur Nagas have rejected” the invitation. Then secondly, he said when Naga leaders from Manipur became chief minister, “they were the ones who announced that not an inch of land will be parted.”

Therie said it was felt that “time will be amended but even in the Framework Agreement, the question of integration was non-issue.” 

He said Nagas in Manipur should resolve differences if any. 

However, he said the government of India was aware of the ethnic history and values and that special provisions should safeguard ethnic values, culture and social practises. He said these safeguards should allow them self determination and protection. However, Therie said “the Manipur problem” should not be the reason for the delay of solution for Nagaland any longer. He said “division and extortion” have weakened the north east and not loss of patience or patriotism.


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