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V S Atem clarifies
DIMAPUR, Aug 11(NPN) :
Published on 12 Aug. 2009 12:44 AM IST
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Special Emissary to the Collective Leadership, Gen(Rtd) V S Atem of NSCN (I-M) has maintained that the “Indo-Naga problem is not a constitutional problem but a political one”. Talking to this reporter over the phone, Gen. Atem pointed out that the NSCN (I-M) had never, at any point of time, sought any change in the Indian constitution as solution to the problem did no lie under it. Gen. Atem stated that it was due to the imposition of the Indian constitution that the armed conflict had started, with great loss of lives adding, there was no question of seeking necessary constitutional changes. Further, he opined, that had there been any agreement under the Indian constitution, there would have been no armed conflict. “Historically and politically, we are not a part of India” he stated. On the issue of allegations of rampant extortion by the NSCN (I-M) activists raised by the government of India during the July Ceasefire meeting, the special emissary denied that the issue was ever raised at the meeting. He however clarified that organization(NSCN-IM) does not hesitate to take any sort of action against its cadres involved in unauthorized collection. “No national government can survive on extortion” he asserted while pointing out that the Naga nation, even though being very small, has been surviving for more than 60 years not with borrowed money from any MNC but goodwill of the Naga people. “It is the poor Naga who supports the national struggle and who does not hesitate to part with their meager earnings” he added. He also accepted the fact there was misuse of the funds and at the same time clarified that it(NSCN-IM) does not shy away from admitting any misdeed. Staff Reporter

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