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Talks over 31-point proposals
Published on 17 Apr. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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At the core of the negotiations between the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) remains the much talked about 31-point proposal of the NSCN (IM) which remains unknown to many except to a few.
The proposal was briefly reported in the late 90s which after the ceasefire and it stirred up a hornet’s nest.
The proposals are still considered confidential with senior functionaries of the NSCN(I-M) refusing to divulge its contents.
Even NSCN(I-M) leader Muivah was tight lipped about the proposals submitted to the government some years back, on the plea that discussions were on. Convener NSCN (I-M) Cease Fire Monitoring Cell, Phunthing Shimrang on Friday echoed similar sentiments saying it was “too premature too divulge anything”.
He explained “when the time is right, our general secretary will come to the people and ask whether it is right or not”. Phungthing, however disclosed that one of the proposals was a demand for a separate constitution for the Naga people adding it was “definitely on the agenda”.
When asked to define what ‘honorable and acceptable’ solution meant, Phungthing explained that it should be a solution that would not adversely affect any negotiating party which the Naga people accept . “We will not accept forced dictations. Shillong accord was a forced implementation and that is not an honorable solution” he asserted.
Expressing his views on the current reconciliation process initiated by the FNR, Phunthing said it should be a continuous process and not confined to a certain group of people.
The convener of the CFMC also refused to comment on whether the NSCN (I-M) was contacting other groups like the GPRN/NSCN. “Its too early to comment but process is already on” he said.(Staff Reporter)

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