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Naga talks: NSCN (IM) tells Centre to stop ‘dithering’

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Says 5 years is long enough to act on Framework Agreement

DIMAPUR, MARCH 20: The NSCN (IM) has launched another salvo at the Government of India in view of what it called the Centre’s continued dithering over the Framework Agreement for more than 5 years now.

The editorial column of the group’s bi-monthly news bulletin, Nagalim Voice, maintained that NSCN (IM) is not wrong “when it is going absolutely livid; fuming at how the government of India (GoI) is dithering over the Framework Agreement”.
More than five years since the Framework Agreement was inked, India is still undecided how to go about implementing it in the spirit that was agreed upon, it stated.
“To keep the agreement hanging for over five years is a real test of patience for the NSCN in particular and for the Naga people in general. But NSCN showed remarkable endurance throughout. To find an acceptable solution, NSCN can think nothing beyond this Framework Agreement. Moreover, we have not gone too far by accepting this historic Framework Agreement by agreeing to solve the Naga problem on the basis of shared sovereignty (sharing of sovereign power) by respecting people’s sovereign right,” the editorial read.
It accused the Centre of “deliberately going slow on Framework Agreement”, and stated that GoI should be bold enough to spell out “why, what and how it should be handled”.
According to the group, both the parties are required to work out the details and execution plans for early implementation.
“It is, however, agonising when it (GoI) displayed unacceptable posturing without specifying the rationality of going at a snail’s pace, thereby creating unpleasant situation. Five years is long enough for GoI to display her sincerity before the world,” it asserted.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement, at the time of singing the Framework Agreement, that “there is no human problem which cannot be resolved with human wisdom pregnant with mutual respect and equality”, the NSCN (IM) called it the “right approach to handle the Naga political issue without allowing the magnitude and increasing complexity to overwhelm the stakeholders”.
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