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Don’t reduce Indo-Naga talks to seeking political gains: NSCN (IM)

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Dimapur, December 21: The NSCN (IM) has asked the Government of India not to reduce the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talk to seeking political gain of any parties, as doing so amounts of betrayal of the basic principles of the political negotiation and of the 3rd August Framework Agreement, 2015.
“Political negotiation must not be reduced to seeking political gain of any parties. It amounts to betrayal of the basic principles of the political negotiation and of the 3rd August Framework Agreement, 2015. Wisdom will prevent heartache and bring about honorable solution and permanent peace for both. It is required for both, to honor the moral principles already agreed by both the parties,” said a statement issued by the ministry of information and publicity, NSCN/GPRN.
The MIP NSCN (IM) was reacting to the report of Pradip Deka (December 19,2018) titled “No lateral talks with militants, Die fighting or surrender, says Deputy Security Advisor R.N. Ravi.”
According to the NSCN (IM) the report gives an impression that the Indo-Naga political dialogue, as seeking solution within the framework of the Indian Constitution or Union of India. “It is an intend negotiation for the political talks and between the GOI and the NSCN,” it said.
The NSCN (IM) stated that the Indo-Naga peace talk have, after years of deliberation following the cease fire declaration in July 1997, made considerable progress: the Government of India officially acknowledged and recognized the ‘unique history and situations’.
The subsequent Framework Agreement signed and declared on 3rd of August, 2015 is also fundamentally based on the unique history of the Naga people and co-existence through shared sovereignty between the two entities. These are the core principles for bringing about final and lasting solution acceptable to both the parties, it said.
Stating that Naga people have suffered long enough, have shed enough blood and lost many precious lives, the statement said no part of Naga history at any given point of time has ever been more serious as today or propitious political climate such as today is likely to repeat more often. “History reminds mankind; how many lives is a man’s worth, that one should gamble over the rights of a nation?”
The NSCN (IM) insisted that deviating from the honourable “Out of the box” approach towards a hard line position is clearly a deviation from the framework agreement, which is based on the mutual respect and recognition of the two entities as mentioned.
“Nagas have accepted the honorable way for the concerned parties, but the GOI obviously is treading the path of ‘Machiavellianism’. It will be a conscious and deliberate betrayal of the GOI’s position to seek solution without precondition at the highest political level, outside India in a third country and based on the officially recognized unique history and situation of the Nagas,” it stated, while asking GoI to have the courage and the boldness at this juncture for her larger security interest. “If lasting and honorable peace is what she desires she should not drive away the Nagas or those who seek peace.”
Asserting that military solution will surely lead to a fresh epidemic of conflict that will cost dearly the lives of both, the statement said there is no foundational logic or basis in that approach after 20 plus years of political negotiation.
“Rhetoric’s, might have their own historical roots. But both the parties have now left behind their classical position and have sought an honorable way out of the conflict. If this environment is not exploited by the GOI then it amounts to deliberate departure from seeking peaceful solution through political negotiation,” it added. (Page News Service)

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