NSCN (I-M) opposes RIIN

DIMAPUR, JUL 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/12/2019 11:50:29 AM IST

NSCN (I-M) said it is opposed to the state government’s decision for the Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), on the ground that this was “contradictory to the inherent rights” of Nagas.

In a statement, NSCN (I-M) through the MIP said the move to introduce RIIN was “politically motivated” to suit the interest of groups advocating the ‘16-Point Agreement’. It asserted that Nagaland State did not and would not represent the “national decision” of Naga people as the State was formed purely to divide Nagas.

NSCN (I-M) said that since nothing was conclusive on the Naga issue until and so unless a mutually agreed honourable political solution was signed between the two entities, any attempt to dilute the final political settlement by justifying any past accord of treason should be seriously viewed by all Nagas. 

NSCN (I-M) reiterated that all Nagas were indigenous in their ancestral and homeland that was contiguous, affirming that this was the legitimate right and political decision of Nagas to live together under one political roof. 

Further it said Nagas do not and would not accept any division by “imposed artificial state” and international boundaries. It said this was the key focus of all Nagas and any political steps to be taken should be in conjunction with this decision. 

NSCN (I-M) maintained that all Naga territories was officially acknowledged even by the Government of India as the legitimate right of Nagas “except by a few treacherous opportunists opposed to it”. It said wherever they are, Nagas are indigenous in their own land by virtue of their common history. Reaffirming to uphold this principle to the last, NSCN (I-M) said this should not be “ distorted by anyone under any circumstances.” 

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