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Th. Muivah demands PM-level talks outside India, without pre-conditions

DIMAPUR, OCT 5 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/5/2020 1:11:34 PM IST

Against the backdrop of deadlock in signing a final agreement with the government of India , NSCN (I-M) ato kilonser, Th. Muivah and chief negotiator has informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that in order to “save the political dialogue, the talks should resume at the Highest, i.e. Prime Minister Level; Without Pre-Condition; and Outside India in a Third Country”. Further, Muivah said if “our stay in India is no more welcome, all necessary arrangement must be made for us to leave India and the political talks be resumed in a third country”.

Muivah’s letter dated February 25,2020 assumes significance in the light of roadblock over the issue of Naga flag and constitution, which NSCN (I-M) insisted, should be part of the agreement. 
The NSCN (I-M) leader also reminded that he and then chairman of NSCN (I-M) Isak Chishi Swu had come to India at the official invitation of the government of India in December 2002. Muivah also reminded that the MoU signed between the two sides also included conscious decision of the government of India “ to discontinue the ban on the NSCN under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.” 
Muivah said NSCN (I-M) agreed to hold political negotiations with the government of India only after the latter recognized Naga issue as political and not “India’s internal law and order issue.” He also pointed out that when cease fire was signed on August 1,1997 both sides agreed that political dialogue “shall be at the highest i.e. Prime Minister level; without precondition and outside India, in a third country.”
However, Muivah said 22 years of negotiations have hit the roadblock over Naga flag and constitution despite signing of the Framework Agreement on August 3,2015 between the two sides. He also stated that in pursuit of lasting and acceptable and honourable political settlement “as per the principle of the FA, we had mentioned in our proposal that, “Nagaland shall use its national flag, anthem, emblem and insignia”. He concluded that “our proposal is not a demand, neither does it in any way deviate from the officially agreed FA.” 
In his letter, Muivah accused the Representative of the government of India (R.N. Ravi) of “polarizing Naga society instead of unity the Nagas for an honorable political solution”. He said the Ravi was “segregating the Naga civil society” by leaving out “the main stakeholders including Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers Association and Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights including Naga Students Federation. Further he said Ravi has been “hobnobbing with the so-called NNPGs to make an agreement.”
Expressing concern serious concern with the activities of agencies of the MHA and the government of India’s Representative for the Naga peace talks, Muivah cautioned that if “pragmatic political decisions are not taken” over the matter, then there was no doubt that the above mentioned “are already jeopardizing the political peace process between the Gol and the NSCN.”
 

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