Dimapur, July 3: The United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) has stated that the demand for integration of Naga inhabited areas is the rightful claim of the Naga people.
In a statement, UNTABA chairman Hukavi T Yeputhomi said, “The demand for integration of Naga inhabited areas is nothing but it is the rightful claim of the Naga people for bringing back the transferred Naga Reserved Forests areas from Assam and amalgamates the contiguous Naga areas into Nagaland State which cannot be denied by the Government of India since we are in India today.”
According to UNTABA, the 16 Point Agreement of 1960 made between the Government of India and the undivided Naga National Council (NNC) was based on the facts of subsequent historical developments. It said Point No. 6 of 9 Point Agreement was reiterated on Point No. 12 and 13 of the 16 Point Agreement relating to the re-transfer of Naga Reserved Forests and amalgamation of Naga inhabited territories under one administrative unit.
UNTABA maintained that had the emissaries of the dominion of British India not offered and committed for re-transfer of the Naga Reserved Forests and amalgamate the Naga territories, which were illegally transferred out of Naga Hills District by the Britisher for their own convenience, the then undivided NNC would never have entered into any agreement or signed the 9 Point Agreement to be within the Union of India. “But since the Government of India had signally and unilaterally failed to fulfill their own commitment made with the Naga people, the struggle for self determination ensued,” it said.
The UNTABA also claimed that the Naga political issue is directly linked to the Naga territorial issue, and the settlement of which cannot be possible without the other.
(Page News Service)