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Solution on the basis of historical facts: Muivah

NSCN-IM general secretary Th. Muivah addressing public consultation at Zonal council hall organized by Angami Public Organization (APO)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 9 (NPN):
Published on 9 Jul. 2010 11:59 PM IST
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NSCN-IM general secretary Th. Muivah has restated that any solution to the Naga political issue should be on the basis of Naga historical facts as recognised by Government of India.
Addressing a public consultative meet organized by Angami Public Organization (APO) at Zonal council hall here today, Muivah maintained that Nagas have their history with historical facts which the Government of India in writing, had recognized the uniqueness of the Naga history.
In his speech that lasted around 85 minutes, the NSCN (I-M) general secretary mostly touched upon Naga history, since the formation of the NNC under leaders such as - AZ Phizo and Imkongmeren – who took mutual decision for Independence with far sighted vision. He said there was no confusion on this issue because NNC has shown the way for a good purpose for all the Nagas. Muivah said that without a doubt, Angami leaders in the NNC leadership displayed vision and responsibility to lead Naga nationalism in the right direction, at a time when there was much confusion around.
He opined that Nagas are more blessed because they are not lost but saved and thanked God for that. In comparison, he said Mizos, Assamese,Khasis, Garos and people in J & K and Hyderabad, are lost to be part of the Indian union.
Muivah maintained that the land of Nagas was God gifted for God’s purpose and therefore, Nagas alone should decide their future and cannot be subjugated by use of force. He said “we have proof” that Nehru tried to crush the Naga movement but miscalculated as Nagas stood their ground for more than fifty to sixty years.
Muivah went on to say that even former Chief of the Indian Army Gen. Choudhury had asserted that “military solution is no longer possible.”
Turning the heat on the Shillong Accord of 1975, Muivah said unfortunately on November 11, 1975, the Accord was signed which shocked everyone. He disclosed that when Isak wrote a letter (in Tenyidie) and later in English to then NNC president A.Z.Phizo asking that he condemn the Shillong Accord, there was no response and neither any condemnation.
“Uncle Phizo is not above the nation or nation decision” said Muivah. Further he said the Shillong Accord was not the decision of the Naga nation and that it brought about divisions among the Nagas leading to fratricidal killings. “We will condemn the Shillong Accord forever” he said.
Muivah blamed Nagas for creating problems among themselves saying that creating problems would never lead to solution. He said it was time that Nagas themselves find the best ways to solve their problem. “India cannot solve the problem, rather we are giving opportunity to our enemy to explore our weakness” he added.
The NSCN (I-M) general secretary said Nagas must accept reconciliation as the will of God by reaching out the people for reconciliation. He said his visit to Viswema, Pfutsero, Jotsoma, Pughoboto, Tseminyu, Wokha, Mokokchung, Tuensang, Longkhum and Chuchuyimlang and Kohima was for that purpose. “We are coming, Nagas must know each other to solve the problem and no other will solve the problem” he added.
Wining up his speech Th. Muviah also said that the Angamis had led Nagas in many ways but after the Shillong Accord, Angamis remind “neutral” and wanted to the know the stand of Angamis. He also said that time has come to talk sincerely and frankly and called upon the Angamis to “convince the NSCN and we will follow the best way for the Naga solution”.
In his short speech, Emissary to Collective Leadership Lt. Gen (Rtd) VS Atem said that
Nagaland is flooded with money and it might perish. He said the Government of India was spending “unaccounted money” in Nagaland to fool people. He said that around 40% to 50% of the money was being circulated in and around Kohima.
Addressing the gathering on behalf of APO, its general secretary Keneingunyii Sekhose asserted that Angmis were grateful for the role and privilege of launching the history of the Naga struggle. “In all humility and some justifiable pride, we can say we too gave our best for the common cause”, he said.
He also read out a statement on behalf of the APO saying that after carefully reviewing the situation locally and in the wider Naga homeland, it came to the following conclusions: (1). Angamis as with all other tribes are clear that wound and hurts sustained within the Naga family have damaged relationships among the Nagas too excessively to be treated lightly. These must be addressed to a deep level for healing and health so that society may be restored and politics cleansed and made worthy of our trust and confidence. To go into this sensitive process will take time, and prior proper groundwork would be needed. The right time mist worked out and Angamis can be depended upon to play their part towards achieving the need for healing and reconciliation.(2). However, APO believes the prior need for Nagas at this juncture is for the top leadership of all the groups of the fragmented Naga national struggle to sit down and transparently thrash out the specific / precise terms for political negotiation with Government of India to achieve an honourable, acceptable and lasting settlement of the “Indo-Naga” political. APO believes the strategy will open the door to real reconciliation, healing and unity to make the settlement work and (3). It will be an honour for the Angamis to host such a historic event if required . This is stand of the Angami with regard to all the group of Naga national workers. The written statement by the APO general secretary was later handed over to NSCN-IM general secretary Th. Muivah. Earlier the function was chaired by Kekhriengulie Linyii, President APO.

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