Urges them to be part of final solution of Naga issue
Dimapur, November 7: The NSCN(IM) on Thursday urged different Naga groups to be on board for the Framework Agreement and be part of the final solution to the Naga political issue.
This assumes significance in the aftermath of the October 31 decision by the Centre to continue dialogues with all stakeholders including the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh before bringing the seven-decades-old Naga political issue to its final conclusion.
A ‘Declaration’ issued by its MIP, appealed and invited all “Naga brothers and sisters in different groups with open heart to get on board the bus of Framework Agreement and be a part of the final solution in the greater interests of the people and peace and progress in the land”.
The NSCN (IM) urged all the Nagas to be equally prepared when the Government of India is prepared to make the final agreement with the NSCN on the basis of the Framework Agreement.
“We reiterate our stand that we have forgiven the past mistakes of our brothers and sisters in different camps and that they should also forgive our past mistakes and be reconciled in the gracious name of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ,” the declaration said adding, “Let this message of peace and unity among the Nagas be acceptable to all the Nagas, far and near.”
The NSCN(IM) claimed that political leaders of the country and army officials have agreed that the Naga problem is political and not a military one, which opened the door for negotiations for solution to the decades-long issue.
Consequently the Centre and NSCN(IM) embarked on political negotiations from 1997 and after series of intensive negotiations signed the historic Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 based on the “recognized unique history” of the Nagas, it said.
Taking account of the commitment and assurance of the GoI on the issues of Naga national flag and Constitution to resolving them at the earliest time, the two parties have mutually agreed upon to go for final touch on the agreed competencies for conclusion, the NSCN(IM) declaration said.
“Now therefore, when the Government of India is prepared to make the final agreement with the NSCN(IM) on the basis of the Framework Agreement all Nagas should also be equally prepared,” it said.
It said unity for the historic tasks ahead is indispensable, adding, “Now is the time for the Nagas to unite so that together we move forward to the new era; together we build a land of milk and honey and together we build a people that trust in the Lord.”
The Framework Agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations spanning 18 years, with the first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency in Nagaland which started soon after India’s Independence in 1947. (Page News Service)