DIMAPUR, JANUARY 6: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has expressed hope that the year 2021 will usher in solution to the protracted Naga political issue.
“The Manipur problem should not be the reason of delay for Nagaland any longer,” said NPCC president K Therie in a press release while wishing for a political solution in 2021.
Maintaining that the Framework Agreement in 2015 has given a guiding light to a solution, Therie also expressed happiness that talks between NNPGs and GoI have reached Agreed Points in 2017.
“The solution for Nagaland is in the pipeline. I have apprised AICC High Powered Committee of the present status on September 25, 2020 and have agreed to support,” he said.
Stating that the issue is now pending with Manipur, Therie wanted Manipur Nagas to be honest to Nagaland people as brothers and sisters.
“Soon after the 16-Point Agreement and Statehood, it was R C Chiten Jamir who attended the public meeting at Ukhrul with the question as to whether to integrate with New Nagaland State or not. In that meeting, Manipur
Nagas have rejected. Secondly when Naga leaders from Manipur became CM in Manipur, they were the ones who announced that not an inch of land will be parted. We thought with time it will be amended but even in the Framework Agreement, the question of integration was non-issue,” the release claimed.
Stating that Manipur Nagas should resolve differences, if any, the NPCC said, “However, GOI is aware of the ethnic history and values. By way of special provisions, ethnic values, culture and social practices should be safeguarded and allow them to self determine to protect them. However, the Manipur problem should not be the reason of delay for Nagaland any longer.”
Maintaining that the Congress’ policy of non-violence for resolution of the Nagaland political problem is consistent, he also welcomed NSCN (K), led by Niki Sumi, to join the peaceful solution, saying there is room for all those who subscribe to peaceful solution.
“It is our endeavour to resolve the problem through peaceful and constitutional means. Since inception of the State, Nehru offered peaceful talks. Indira Gandhi had 6 rounds of talks directly with the FGN Delegates. Rajiv Gandhi offered talks without pre-conditions on May 19, 1991. PM P V Narasimha Rao offered talks with no conditions on February 22, 1996 at Dimapur. Talks began with NSCN (IM) in July 1997 and Dr. S C Jamir, the then Chief Minister, announced Ceasefire on July 25, 1997 with effect from August 1, 1997. These past histories are realities that have made a difference,” he stated.
The NPCC president also maintained that deliberate loose Ceasefire Ground Rules are responsible for illegal collection and extortions that has etched a history of assassinations, shootings, kidnappings and ransom demands, bank robberies, rapes and intimidations.
“The brunt was upon the public and the Government of the day has given full facilitation. Therefore, the public in general have come out without reservation for peaceful solution, keeping the demand of sovereignty in silence. The situation took a ‘U’ turn. Now people look for protection from the Indian security forces and fear our own Naga National Workers and this is what others would wish for,” he said.
Therie further claimed that it is division and extortion that have weakened the Northeast. “It is not our loss of patience or patriotism,” he added.
(Page News Service)