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Framework: NSCN (I-M) reacts to reports

DIMAPUR, JUL 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:47:56 PM IST
 Drawing attention to news appearing in sections of the national dailies with regard to the report submitted to the parliamentary committee on the Framework Agreement and subsequently appearing in Nagaland Post, the NSCN (I-M) through its MIP stated that it reiterated its stand to put matters in perspective and to defuse the confusion in the minds of the people.
NSCN (I-M) referred to an earlier interview carried by Nagaland Post with Interlocutor to Naga Talks, R.N. Ravi on July 15, 2016. 
In that interview, NSCN (I-M) quoted Ravi who had said that “the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015 lays down the fundamental principles of our relationship. It fully respects the Nagas’ aspirations of recognition of their uniqueness and commits both sides to a peaceful co-existence in an inseparably inclusive relationship on the basis of sharing the mutually agreed sovereign powers. Within this Framework, details are being worked out.” 
NSCN (I-M) maintained that the recognition of Nagas’ unique history and situation and Framework Agreement in essence implied the important steps taken toward solution through mutual respect by both the entities. 
When the negotiating parties were fully committed to working out a solution that is acceptable to both, NSCN (I-M) said it was mandatory that the parties must exercise integrity and restrain any agencies trying to derail the political negotiation.
NSCN (I-M) asserted that it had had never, during negotiations with Government of India (GoI), softened its stand on the issues of Naga history, identity, rights including integration of all Naga areas, let alone accepting the Indian constitution. While pointing out that the relationship between the GoI and the Nagas shall be based on the agreement arrived at, NSCN (I-M) however made it clear that the agreement “should not be distorted by anyone for personal benefits.” 
It said that both NSCN and the GoI have taken sufficient steps, including the Framework Agreement, to conclude the negotiation that is honourable to both. “NSCN will not betray the steps that have already been taken. Our position is clear to the end. We are serious, and we are careful, as we know that the righteous can do nothing if the foundation is destroyed,” it added. 
Meanwhile, NSCN (I-M) said that since lasting peace between India and Nagas will equally benefit all in the region, they were prepared to stand to the last.

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