GoI trying backtrack on commitments: NSCN (I-M)

DIMAPUR, OCT 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/12/2019 12:14:01 PM IST

NSCN (I-M) has accused the Government of India (GoI) that the latter, after 22 years long intensive negotiations, was now trying to twist and backtrack on their commitments and words so that the hard-earned Framework Agreement is nullified on any pretext. 

NSCN (I-M), through its MIP, also expressed surprised that the Government of India was also “trying to hijack the outcome of the talks by using a section of people who are not mandated and do not represent the Naga people and the Naga national issue.”

NSCN (I-M) maintained that any proposed solution that betrays the Naga national issue will be but repetition of the past mistakes. 

“We are sure it will be a great loss for both the two peoples if we miss this finest opportunity. After all, the truth never dies. No power in history has ever destroyed it,” NSCN (I-M) asserted. 

Having realized the reality that the case of the Nagas was political, not that of law and order problem of India, talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (I-M) began resulting in the signing of the cease-fire agreement on 1st August, 1997, MIP stated. 

It said Government of India had recognized the unique history and situation of the Nagas in the subsequent talks held on July 11, 2002. This meant that the Nagas were never a part of the Union of India nor that of Burma either by conquest of the two powers or by consent of the Nagas, NSCN (I-M) stated. 

Basing on the recognized unique history and situation of the Nagas, both GoI and NSCN signed the historic Framework Agreement on 3rd of August, 2015. 

NSCN (I-M) said that the BJP government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi took bold and positive step after having recognized the sovereignty of the Nagas, stating that “in keeping with the universal principle of democracy, sovereignty of the Nagas lies with the Naga people.”

It had also stated that the inclusive durable peaceful ‘co-existence of the two entities’ was based on the principle of ‘shared-sovereignty. 

By inclusiveness, NSCN said it meant- inclusive of all Nagas in all areas and all aspects of agreed competencies, and it cannot be misconstrued/interpreted as Union of India. 

Further, NSCN (I-M) asserted that the Naga national flag was the symbol of the recognized Naga entity. 

“It is the covenant of God with the Naga people and the commitment of the Naga people to God. The Constitution of the Nagas is the book form of the recognized sovereignty and mutually agreed competencies,” NSCN (I-M) stated. 

While pointing out that NSCN was deeply committed to the Framework Agreement, and that it will stand by it at all costs in all events, MIP at the same time said it strongly opposed the imposition of one’s will on the other.


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