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GPRN/NSCN cautions on oil exploration
Published on 24 Mar. 2011 12:30 AM IST
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GPRN/NSCN has advised Indian or foreign companies be it Canoro, Spice Jet or any other company who have expressed desire to explore and extract crude oil from Champang oil field, to halt all preparations immediately. MIP of the GPRN/NSCN said all mineral reserves in Naga homeland belonged to the Naga people and therefore any extraction of natural resources by any company in Naga soil would have to be done only if it benefited the people and future Naga generations. Stating that no politician or group of the day has any right to grant permission to exploration companies to extract wealth of the Nagas, the GPRN/NSCN said it did not recognize any MoU between parties for exploration at Champang oil field under Lotha Region. It said exploration and transportation of crude oil from Nagaland to other states was unacceptable as that would mean zero employment opportunity for Naga youths. “A wealth for hundred years will not be allowed to run dry in ten years,” it said. GPRN/NSCN said it shall consider extraction of crude oil only if the interested company agrees to first install and run oil refinery in Nagaland, whereby at least a thousand jobs to Naga could be assured. GPRN/NSCN affirmed to strictly ensure that the national wealth of the Nagas was preserved.

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