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Narasimha Rao ignored other Naga rebel factions: NSCN (I-M)
GUWAHATI, FEB 15 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 16 Feb. 2011 12:56 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M) has reportedly claimed that former Prime Minister late P.V. Narasimha Rao had refused to recognize other Naga rebel outfits toward facilitating truce with it.
Rao also said other groups were under India’s control, a senior NSCN (I-M) leader claimed at the 20th anniversary of Unrepresented Nations People Organization (UNPO) at The Hague on February 10-11, HT reports.
Rao had on June 12, 1995 met NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Muivah in Paris to propose a political dialogue to resolve the Naga crisis. The duo asked Rao if his government would be talking to the NSCN (K) and the NNC.
“We would not stand in the way, but we’ll not be a party to it,” said NSCN (I-M) leader V.S. Atem quoting Swu-Muivah. “Rao replied: ‘Why should I talk with them? The issue is not with them. The issue is with you. The people are with you, and so if we talk with you, we believe solution can be worked out. I will not talk with others. I know who they are. They are in my hands.”
That, Atem said, set the ball of the peace process rolling. “It is now more than 13 years since we began negotiating with the government of India. Solution could be worked out only on the basis of historical facts and political rights of the Nagas,” Atem said at the UNPO convention.
He reminded New Delhi of its commitment on an “out-of-the-box solution” to the Naga issue since the NSCN (I-M) “has rejected any solution within the Indian constitution”. Indian military chiefs, the NSCN (I-M) leader said, have admitted to the futility of a military solution to the “Indo-Naga conflict”.

 
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