NNPGs refute news report on ‘Naga demands’

NNPGs refute news report  on ‘Naga demands’

Dimapur, July 7: The Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) has refuted the news report that appeared in a section of the local dailies on July 7 under the caption “GoI Talks Tough on Naga Demands” reportedly published by “The Week”, a Kerala based news magazine on July 6.
“Alezo Venuh, Envoy to Collective Leadership, GPRN/NSCN and Co-ordinator in the ongoing political dialogue between NNPGs and GoI, had, at no point of time, given any interview, print or electronic, on the status of Indo-Naga political negotiations. There is certainly no truth in the statement attributed to Mr. Alezo Venuh,” said the WC NNPGs in a statement.
The NNPGs demanded that the author of the article published by ‘The Week’ magazine withdraw a part of the “baseless and imaginary statement” within one week, failing which a legal course of action shall be pursued if the author fails to tender unconditional apology for misleading the Naga people through “unethical journalism”.
Regarding the news report, the NNPGs clarified that it comprises of six Naga National Political Groups and “not a decreased number.” Also stating that integration of Naga areas in India and in Burma (Myanmar) is a legitimate aspiration of the Naga people, the NNPGs, however; said contemporary political reality cannot be ignored. “Therefore it shall be pursued democratically through people to people’s dialogue.”
The NNPGs reminded that on November 17, 2017, the NNPGs and GoI signed an agreement in the manner of a preamble for further political negotiations, an agreed position upon which the negotiation would be based. “Which is why it is erroneous to say NNPGs joined the peace talks. The political dialogue is between two entities i,e, NNPGs and GOI, is a fresh initiative,” it stated.
The NNPGs also stated that the talks between GoI and NNPGs are being held systematically in a free, open and cordial atmosphere. “Co-existence entails recognizing Nagas’ perennial rights over specific matters. There is no gag order on the NNPGs. Matters requiring immediate deliberations and consultations with our people back home are being done unconditionally. In the Naga context, lack of transparency is suicidal,” it stated. (Page News Service)