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FA includes Naga flag and constitution: NSCN (I-M)

DIMAPUR, OCT 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/30/2020 12:30:43 PM IST

 ‘No scope provided to have separate talk on flag & constitution’

NSCN (I-M) through its MIP, maintained that against the backdrop of focus of talks between the government of India and NSCN being mainly on Naga flag and Naga constitution (Yehzabo), it sought to dwell deeper on Framework Agreement (FA) “lest reckless interpretation comes into play to find an escape route”. 

It said the Framework Agreement, which spoke of the unique history of Naga people and their sovereign independent identity, embraced separate Naga flag and constitution and therefore, there was no scope provided to have separate talks for flag and constitution. 

According to NSCN (I-M), by having separate talks over flag and constitution, the Government of India (Centre ) was sending a wrong signal and was not in sync with the Framework Agreement.

It demanded that the Centre should not undo its commitment and backtrack from the agreement by distorting what had been agreed upon. NSCN (I-M) has asserted that it was totally committed to stick to Framework Agreement to resolve the Indo-Naga political issue and accused governor RN Ravi of giving misleading report to Parliamentary Standing Committee contradicting the agreement. 

NSCN (I-M) stated that such reports that are not connected with any agreement with its negotiating team have now become the source of “soreness in the Indo-Naga political talks”.

“Even the appointment of the then interlocutor as Nagaland governor” is believed to have been deliberately done with the sinister design to undo his own signature on the Framework Agreement,” NSCN (I-M) stated. It further reminded that the recognition of “unique history and situation of the Nagas” by the government of India on July 11,2002 was “a political milestone in the Indo-Naga political negotiations.” 

This recognition, it said, meant that before or after declaration of Naga independence on August 14, 1947, Nagas have never taken a single step to join India “either by conquest or consent.” Further, it pointed that as the government of India accepted the universal principle that in democracy, ‘sovereignty’ lies with people, this was exercised by Nagas on May 16,1951 when the NNC conducted the Naga plebiscite where 99.99% voted in favour of “sovereign Naga independence.”

NSCN (I-M) said respecting each other’s position, shared sovereignty was defined in the competencies. 

Accordingly, how certain parts of Naga sovereignty and vice versa was to be shared with India was also defined in the competencies. With this arrangement, NSCN (I-M) said it was confident that this would provide for an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful coexistence of the two entities. 

In the talks that followed, an understanding was reached that “enduring inclusive” was for lasting relationship of all Nagas, including other factions to be included in the Framework Agreement. New relationship implied that old relation of violent confrontation would end once and for all and pertained to peaceful coexistence of the two entities. 

NSCN (I-M) said, “The Framework Agreement is not far off for any layman to understand, that the identity of one is not dismissed, lost or demeaned in any manner that defines peaceful coexistence of two entities. We have stoutly defended our political identity.”

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