‘Past pacts failed because they were not Naga issue-based’
Dimapur, January 17: The NSCN (IM) has stated that it is deeply committed to solve the Indo-Naga political problem keeping with the spirit and letter of the Framework Agreement in spite of all hurdles.
“We believe no problem is too big or too hard to solve if it is tackled through mutual trust and respect by the parties involved. This problem cannot be left to be solved by time or left to be exploded. That will be too costly,” it said in a statement (Full text) while reiterating the political stand of the Nagas.
The Framework Agreement, which was to be the basis for Naga solution, was signed between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India on August 3, 2015. However conflicting interpretation of the agreement has lately emerged putting the peace process in limbo. A major point of contention between the NSCN (IM) and the Centre is on the issue of separate Naga flag and constitution.
In the statement issued today through its publicity wing, the MIP NSCN/GPRN, the NSCN (IM) also addressed this issue. “The Nagas are not asking for a flag from India or others. Recognize it or not, the Nagas too have their own national flag. Naga flag is the symbol of their recognized unique entity and sovereignty.”
On Constitution, the statement made it clear that Nagas are not praying to India for a constitution. “The Nagas too have their own constitution called Yehzabo, the foundation and source of their laws through which they have been running their own government for centuries,” it stated.
Stating that the situation in Nagaland (Nagalim) cannot be compared with that of other, the statement reminded that the NSCN (IM) and Government of India have been in talks for more than two decades with an eye to hammer out a solution. “We don’t see room for fighting between the two parties as of now. But history says that the past agreements with the government of India could not solve the problem because they were not Naga issue-based. The government of India and NSCN have now worked out the Framework Agreement as the basis for solution,” it stated.
The statement also cautioned that “if this second chance (for a solution) is missed again”, the Government of India and NSCN will be answerable to the peoples of both parties and the generations to come in particular and to the peoples of the world in general. “Then, they cannot blame heaven and earth, but it is they who are to be blamed,” it stated. (Page News Service)