‘All Nagas are indigenous in their ancestral homeland’
Dimapur, July 12: The NSCN (IM) has come out against the move of the State Government to implement Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN), which it said is contradictory to the inherent rights of the Nagas.
In a statement, the MIP NSCN/GPRN alleged that the move to implement RIIN is politically motivated to suit the interest of the groups advocating for the ’16-Point Agreement’.
“The ‘Nagaland state’ does not and will not represent the national decision of the Naga people. It was formed purely to divide the Nagas,” it said.
Stating that all Nagas are indigenous in their ancestral homeland, which is contiguous, the statement stated that it is the legitimate rights and political decision of the Naga people to live together under one political roof. “The Nagas do not and will not accept their division by imposed artificial state and international boundaries. This is the key focus of all Nagas and any political stepsto be taken must be in conjunction with this decision.”
“Nothing is conclusive on the Naga issue, until and unless a mutually agreed honorable political solution is signed between the two entities. Therefore, any attempt to dilute the final political settlement by justifying any past accord of treasons should be seriously viewed by all Nagas.”
The NSCN (IM) maintained that integration of all Naga territories is officially acknowledged by the Government of India as the legitimate right of the Nagas “except by a few treacherous opportunists who are opposed to it.”
“All Nagas, wherever they are, are indigenous in their land by virtue of their common history. We uphold this principle to the last and it should not be distorted by anyone under any circumstances,” it added. (Page News Service)