Post Mortem

Gen (Retd) Viyalie Metha, Kedahge FGN

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/15/2018 12:44:03 PM IST

 (From previous issue)

The Lakhuti resolution reads:

“Any person or persons who in order to destroy or undermine the integrity and the well- being of Nagaland and who for this purpose act, abet or set up organisations against or oppose the political, administrative and traditional institutions of the nation-- or attempt to do so, whether with or without the aid of other country or countries, shall be deemed to have committed TREASON.”

The Present Stand of the Federal Government of Nagaland

1. The Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) recognizes the fact that the Indo-Naga conflict remains unresolved due to the invasion and continued occupation of our land by India and Burma.

2. The Federal Government of Nagaland has not entered into any agreement with India other than the 1964 Ceasefire Agreement which became effective on 6’ September 1964. This International Ceasefire Agreement was signed between the Federal Government of Nagaland and the Government of India through the Nagaland Peace Mission.

3. On the part of FGN, knowing the fact that too many lives were lost due to the armed conflict in a period of almost ten years from 1954 to 1964, we gave our consent for a Ceasefire and are upholding the same till today. However, the successive leadership of the Indian government continued to pursue a violent policy rather than peacefully resolving the conflict. The policy of the Naga National Council is Non-Violence and the FGN is still holding to that policy.

In the light of these historical and political facts, the FGN reiterates that the long drawn Indo-Naga conflict is not an Indian internal Law and Order problem. Nagas are not secessionists or insurgents. The conflict is an international conflict of invasion by India and Burma. Nagas are only defending the Naga Nation. Therefore the conflict can only be resolved from an international level.

The Naga National Council and the Federal Government of Nagaland are the only two nationally mandated institution and established Government of the Naga people to uphold the historical and political rights of the Naga Nation. Hence, the NNC and FGN do not, and will not; recognize any factions or organisations that may commit Naga citizenship to any other country. The NNC and FGN stand to protect Naga sovereignty and independence.

Coming to the question of so called integration of all Nagas territories under one single political umbrella, it is hereby made clear to all concerned, that Nagas were an integrated nation even before the official proclamation of their Federal Republic on March 22, 1956.

In this connection, Nagas have always been an integrated nation occupying a continuous (**I think this should be read as contiguous though it is written continuous in his speech) Naga territory throughout all the aeons of human history. These two facts of Naga anthropology and geography form the basis of Naga nationhood. Therefore, the NNC and FGN will consider any acts of integrating Naga territory under the constitution of any foreign country as acts of treason against the nation.

In conclusion, in the present fast changing world where many small nations have become members of the UN, we Nagas also can be confident of a new dawn in our history.

May God bless Nagaland. Kuknalim

(Concluded)

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