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NSCN (I-M) reacts to G. K. Pillai
Published on 26 Aug. 2009 12:26 AM IST
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Countering the recent statement of union home secretary G.K. Pillai in Imphal on the “Indo-Naga” peace talks, the NSCN (I-M) has made clear stand on the issue that it was strongly opposed to the merger of “Nagalim” into the mainstream of India. The MIP/GPRN in a statement asserted that nothing of what Pillai said correlated to what was discussed during the last 12 years between the government of India and NSCN (I-M). It described the statement as a “serious dilution of the factual position of the Indo-Naga peace process.” It, however, noted that Pillai would not know much about the “Indo-Naga” peace talk as he had not been involved. The NSCN (I-M) asserted that it had, at no point of time, accepted the importance of the Indian constitution to form the basis for the Naga solution. It also maintained that no autonomy of any kind was discussed and understanding reached. The MIP alleged that the Indian government proved “unscrupulous” on more than one occasion when the Naga Political issue was entering a critical stage. It was disclosed that on one particular occasion, Dr. Michael Van Walt Van Praag, Executive President of KREDDHA (The International Peace Council for States People and Minorities) submitted proposal to the “Indo-Naga” talk teams for a probable solution. Both the parties agreed to study and work out a solution on that basis, but the Indian team backed out from its commitment the next time, the MIP alleged. It further pointed out that the Indian representatives recently proposed an ‘Interim Arrangement’ but again they went back upon their words in the next talks. The NSCN (I-M) said that it had tabled two proposals to the government of India on substantive issues and was yet to receive their response. The NSCN (I-M) said as it did not view India or Burma as enemies of the Nagas but as potential neighbours in all fields, it accordingly looked for a solution that recognized the identity/rights of the Nagas. “However, it is strongly opposed to the merger of Nagalim into the mainstream of India,” the MIP/GPRN said. “Unfortunately, NSCNs experience with the Government of India reflects only insincerity, lack of political will and seriousness,” the MIP/GPRN added.

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