Contents of 2015 Framework Agreement finally tumbles out

Contents of 2015 Framework Agreement finally tumbles out

Kohima, September 11: Finally the main gist of the Framework Agreement has emerged from the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) after much hullaballoo from various quarters, including the rival groups who are currently engaged in the political talks with the Union Government.
Several civil society organizations and the rival groups have been demanding for revealing the contents of the August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) and the Government of India in the presence of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the then Home Minister, Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.
But the NSCN had remained silent keeping the agreement close to their chest for reason known to them.
NSCN has been saying that they would reveal the contents of the Framework Agreement at an appropriate time.
According to unofficial source, the Framework Agreement talks of “shared sovereignty” which both the NSCN and the Government of India have been harping on for quite some time. It also talked about enduring inclusive, new relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities and taking cognisance of contemporary realities.
But lately, the Union Government has interpreted inclusive as within Indian Constitution and not as interpreted by the NSCN of inclusive of all Naga inhabited areas.
Not only the Framework Agreement, the NSCN has not disclosed the contents of the talks, so also the other groups who have assured the people of transparency in the talks have revealed the talking points in the peace process.
The Naga peace process is claimed to have been in an advanced stage, however, the NSCN said it would not ink an agreement till the core demand of separate Naga Flag and the Naga Constitution; popularly known as “Yezhabo” are met. But sources said the Centre has agreed for separate Naga flag but it cannot officially hoist in the Government offices and installations, so also agreed for a Naga customary constitution/law.
Naga integration which was once a contentious issue has been dropped by the NSCN after much opposition from Manipur Government and Meitei organizations.
Interestingly the State Government is compiling a Naga customary law for common usage of Naga people.
Also the NSCN was not happy with the Union Government for narrowing down the Naga talks to the level of Governor, who is answerable to the Union Home Ministry and demanded that new interlocutor be appointed to give impetus to the peace process.
Centre’s interlocutor R N Ravi has been appointed as Governor of Nagaland, since then the NSCN has been demanding for a new interlocutor.
It is understood that NSCN does not want to repeat history where in the past Governors played major role in signing the agreements with Naga groups, like 1947 Nine Point Agreement, mass surrender by Revolutionary Government in 1972 in the presence of Governor and 1975 Shillong Accord. (Page News Service)