No final solution without settling land issues: UNTABA

No final solution without settling land issues: UNTABA

Dimapur, April 29: The United Naga Tribes Association on Border Areas (UNTABA) has stated that any solution to the Indo-Naga political problem without settling the issue of the inalienable rights of the Naga people over its land unilaterally occupied by Assam “can never be a final solution”.
Citing the 9 Points Agreement/Hydari Ali Agreement and the 10 Points Agreement, the UNTABA in a release said these agreements envisages the right to transfer back all the Naga traditional and ancestral lands under illegal occupation of Assam to Naga people roughly covering an area of 4974.16 square miles.
The 4974.16 square miles of land starts from the tri-junction of Kachar, Khasi and Jaintia boundary and Nowgong District at Kopili river in the west and goes up northward up to the source of Kaliani river, a few kilometers downstream from its conjunction with Doyang river and from there by a triangular posts up to Ladaigarh Bund which goes up to Boridihing river dividing the Naga Hills to the east, UNTABA claimed. In the south lie Cachar (Dima Hasao)
District of Kopili river and its conjunction with Barak river flowing down the Hills of Manipur, it said.
“This is the crux of the matter of the emergence of Naga political struggle,” stated the release.
On the Indian Express news reports carried in local newspapers, UNTABA said the speculated status of the ongoing political talk and its likely outcome expressed by MoS Home, Kiren Rijiju and others MHA officials sans Naga lands and the subsequent re-alignment of present political boundaries according to the historical perspective should, at best, be brush aside “since any political agreement between the negotiating parties without settling the crux of the issue can never be a final solution to the protracted Indo-Naga political problem.”
Stating that the ongoing political talk is between Naga people and the GoI and not with the people of Manipur or with Arunachal, UNTABA said this fact had to be underscored by the power that be in Manipur, Arunachal and Assam. It also urged GoI to be extremely cautious in allowing its functionaries to express their so called ‘tangible’ solutions on the ongoing Indo-Naga political talk. (Page News Service)