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Pandey will convey facts: GPRN/NSCN
Published on 8 Apr. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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Seen as a rejection that any agreement only with the NSCN (I-M) was unacceptable, the GPRN/NSCN on Wednesday said Nagas were hoping that R. S. Pandey, a former state bureaucrat would “positively convey the ground reality of the Naga political struggle to the Indian leadership” whom it described as “a dear friend of the Nagas” who knew “a thing or two about the legitimacy of Naga political struggle.”
The MIP, GPRN/NSCN in a statement, asserted that the Centre should realize that the issue was between the government of India and the Naga people and not with NSCN (I-M).
“Perhaps he (Pandey) understands best that he is the interlocutor for government of India only to solve IM’s charter of demands and not the interlocutor for government of India on Naga sovereignty issue,” the GPRN/NSCN said.
Further, the GPRN/NSCN stated that the prime minister, home minister and home secretary have “time and again contradicted themselves” while continuing to talk of giving a solution to NSCN (I-M) under the Indian constitution though being fully aware of the futility of such an arrangement.It also described the rejection of the demand for Naga integration by the government of as “rightly so” since Naga integration issue was within the parameter of Naga sovereignty issue which “ the forefathers wisely understood”. The GPRN/NSCN also reminded that the Naga people had made their position clear way back in August 14, 1947 which was reaffirmed through the May, 16 1951 Naga voluntary plebiscite.
GPRN/NSCN asserted that it was making its position clear to the government of India that Nagas would not be a party to any possible arrangement that Indian government and the NSCN (I-M) might arrive at under the Indian constitution. “Any special constitutional provision offered to NSCN (I-M) shall not be acceptable to the Nagas,” the GPRN/NSCN affirmed.
It may be mentioned Pandey arrived Kohima on Monday and would leave the state April 10. This is his maiden visit to Nagaland after assuming the office of interlocutor for talks with the NSCN (I-M).

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