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NSCN (I-M) on Z-plus security by GoI to its leadership

DIMAPUR, NOV 16 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/16/2020 12:40:23 PM IST

Drawing attention to comparison made by WC, NNPGs over the issue of Z-plus category security provided by the government of India top leadership of NSCN (I-M), the MIP said this arose because of New Delhi’s seriousness of dealing its leaders who had arrived New Delhi at Centre’s invitation, to carry forward the Naga political talks and therefore, drawing any comparison was superfluous.

In a statement, NSCN(I-M) through its MIP narrated the sequence of events by recalling that once its collective leadership reached New Delhi they were provided Z-plus security with Intelligence Bureau (IB) quarter at their official residence. 
MIP said the leaders were extended the high profile security because they carried the Naga political mandate after the Centre signed ceasefire with NSCN (I-M) to pave way for solution. MIP said everything was done by the government of India which NSCN (I-M) leaders had not asked for. 
 NSCN (I-M) said “New Delhi knows too well who carried the Naga political issue and who required high profile security cover” and for which no group can mislead the Naga people on Naga issue. 
Further NSCN(I-M) reiterated that who is doing what to defend the political identity of Naga struggle is already laid bare before the people and also what was delaying the peace process needed no further elaboration. 
NSCN(I-M) reminded that the Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015 was the initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was signed in his presence along with other high dignitaries of the government of India, including India’s defence minister, Indian Army chief and national security adviser (NSA) also witnessed by the whole world as it was telecast live. NSCN (I-M) emphasised that this was the political significance of the agreement that was mutually agreed upon and signed.
NSCN(I-M) said that after realising the futility military solution to the Naga political movement, the Centre came looking for NSCN (I-M)’s collective leadership who were based abroad that time. It said that Prime Minister PV Narashimha Rao had gone all the way to Paris in 1995 to meet NSCN (I-M) leaders– chairman Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Th Muivah. 
NSCN(I-M) pointed out that it had put a pre-condition that to start political negotiation, New Delhi should recognise Naga issue as “political” and stop terming it as “India’s internal law and order Issue”. Ultimately, the ceasefire was officially declared on August 1, 1997 after NSCN (I-M) was convinced of the change of policy of government of India towards the Naga issue. 
NSCN(I-M) said it was agreed that political dialogue would be held at the highest level, i.e. Prime Minister level, without pre-condition and outside India in a third country. 
Accordingly, it said, the talks were held abroad in Paris, New York, The Hague, Bangkok and Chiangmai (Thailand), Zurich, Geneva, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Vienna and Milan. 
The peace process further changed for the better with the signing of Amsterdam Joint Communiqué on July 11, 2002, giving official recognition to the “unique history and situation of the Nagas”. This was considered as the first realistic step forward in the political negotiation. 
In order to further boost the peace process, it said government of India then invited NSCN (I-M) leaders to come to New Delhi and gave full commitment to take care of their security concern. Accepting the invitation, it said Swu and Muivah reached New Delhi in December 2002. 
Prior to this, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on November 18, 2002, in Milan to formalise their travel to New Delhi, even as government of India took the “conscious decision” decision to discontinue its ban on the organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the statement added.
 

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