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NSCN (IM) also differs with CM’s assertion on Naga talks

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Says talks “not conclusive but not a deadlocked”

DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 8: After the WC NNPGs disagreed with the statement made by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio that the talks between the Government of India and the Nagas are deadlocked, the NSCN (IM) today also differed with the CM’s assertion stating that the last round of Indo-Naga formal talk in Delhi was “not conclusive but not a deadlocked”.
“Regrettably, the last round of Indo-Naga formal talk that took place on 14th November, 2023 in Delhi is not conclusive but not a deadlocked”, said in a “Statement on the position of talks” issued by the MIP, NSCN/GPRN.
Citing historical facts since the initial talk held in Paris, France on June 12, 1995 between GoI and NSCN (IM) to the signing of the Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Indian Army Chief, Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, National Security Advisor of India Ajit Doval, Cabinet Secretary, PMO Secretary, Home Secretary and a host of NSCN leaders, the statement said the Framework Agreement reiterates the unique history and position of the Nagas.
“The concepts of shared-sovereignty and co-existence have also been explained therein. It says, “in democracy, sovereignty lies with the people”, which implies that sovereignty of the Nagas is with the Naga people”, it said.
On the issue of Naga national flag and constitution, the NSCN (IM) statement said despite Government of India’s wavering stand, nothing could be further from the truth as flag and constitution are the integral parts of sovereignty.
“Sovereignty without flag and constitution is a form without content. Nagas have been in existence for thousands of years in their own land in accordance with our own sets of law. Our Chief negotiator Th. Muivah had unequivocally stated that solution without Naga national flag and constitution will never be acceptable to the Naga people”, it said.
Lamenting what it alleged is the “betrayal of trust” due to lack of sincerity on the part of the Indian Government thereby creating huge trust deficit and disillusionment among the people, the NSCN added, “Friends and critics often said the Government of India is playing with time to diminish the hard-earned Framework Agreement. But that will be too costly. The ball is in the court of Government of India”.
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