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Naga talks: NSCN (IM) says Framework Agreement was Centre’s idea

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KOHIMA, MARCH 21: Once again, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) on Sunday reiterated that Indo-Naga solution must be within the parameter of Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015 with the Government of India.

In his speech, during the celebration of 42nd Republic Day of NSCN (Isak-Muivah), the group’s chairman, Q Tuccu said Framework Agreement is a meeting point of the two “sovereign peoples”.
He said “sensible” Nagas understand that this is one of the options where the Government of India and the Nagas can come closer to each other since it serves the purposes of both the parties.
Tuccu cautioned that it would be a great loss for the Government of India to betray the Framework Agreement, adding that as for the Nagas, they will ‘keep the Framework Agreement’.
“In the negotiation, the Indians and the Naga leaders took their respective parallel stands never to meet. The stand of GoI was ‘solution within the parameter of Indian constitution and Union of India’ whereas the stand of the Nagas was ‘nothing to do with India, nothing short of total independence and total sovereignty’,” he said.
The NSCN (IM) chairman said after a long series of talks, Government of India had proposed the Framework Agreement as a formula of win-win solution.
“All the successive prime ministers of India understood that Nagas will not merge with the Union of India, they were willing to co-exist with India. They are also well informed of it that Nagas will not accept Indian Constitution, however they are not opposed to sharing sovereign power with India,” he added.
Tuccu said Government of India and Nagas can walk together, work together and fight together through agreement both in the time of peace and war.
“Nagas are highly political people. We are issue-based people, we are principle-based people who can never be lured and purchased with quantum of money or high sounding promises. Government of India must not repeat the wrong colonial ‘carrot and stick policy’,” he said.
The NSCN (IM) chairman further maintained that Indian leaders have admitted that the 16-Point Agreement and the Shillong Accord did not solve the problem, “that is why the Government of India invited the NSCN (IM) leadership to have a political dialogue for a lasting political solution”.

“But we can assuredly say any agreement that is not based on the issue is no solution at all. I believe Indian leaders today will not commit the mistake of the past. For the Nagas, we survive if we hold fast to the issue, but we perish if we drop it,” Tuccu said.
The group’s Republic Day was observed at council headquarters, camp Hebron, near Dimapur. (Page News Service)