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NSCN (I-M) questions Ashwani’s comment
Published on 1 May. 2011 1:18 AM IST
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In response to “controversial” statement of union minister of state for planning Ashwani Kumar on “Indo-Naga” issue during the election campaign for Dr. S.C Jamir, the NSCN (I-M) has questioned Kumar’s statement.
On April 28, Kumar purportedly stated that “government of India is prepared for wide ranging talks with the Naga people on finding an honourable and mutually acceptable solution (to the Naga issue) within the framework of the Indian constitution”.
In a statement, the MIP said it was constrained to issue this statement “lest the public are misinformed by such unfounded statement that is not based on any official commitment or agreement between the Government of India (GoI) and NSCN.”
Further, the MIP said there was no such agreement that Indo-Naga Political issue would be solved “within the framework of Indian Constitution”. From historical point of view the imposition of Indian Constitution upon Nagas was the beginning of Indo-Naga conflict, adding for Nagas that could never be the solution, MIP said.
The NSCN (I-M) said government of India realising the futility of seeking solution to Indo-Naga political conflict through brute force proposed a political dialogue that was later accepted by the NSCN as the more “realistic approach.”
“Thereafter, peaceful political dialogue was initiated on the basis of three mutually agreed terms: at the highest level, without any conditions and in a third country,” the NSCN (I-M) said, adding GoI subsequently accepted that negotiation was between two entities. “And on July11, 2002 recognised the unique history and situation of the Nagas,” MIP stated.
It also said prime ministers of India agreed that Indo-Naga issue must be solved through political negotiation and prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh also officially assured that GoI would seek “solution outside the box.”
Taking on MoS’s comment, the NSCN (I-M) said it seriously viewed such an “irresponsible statement” when both entities were seriously trying to find an honourable and peaceful political solution.
“Therefore, the statement made by Mr. Ashwani is a blatant breach of trust,” the MIP said, and demanded that it must be clarified if his statement reflected the opinions of the government of India.
“Ashwani also violated the official understanding and commitment between the Government of India and the NSCN that all official statements on Indo-Naga Political talks will be made only from the Prime Minister’s Office, home minister and India’s Interlocutor for the Indo-Naga peace talks, R.S Pandey,” MIP said.
Stating that NSCN have done their best they could in the past and was prepared to continue in the same spirit until an honourable political settlement is arrived at, the MIP statement said: “But today we are forced to go back to the people and discuss it in a very serious manner to make the point clear that it will not accept Indian constitution under any circumstances.”

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