NSCN (IM) seeks UN intervention to expedite peace process

NSCN (IM) seeks UN intervention to expedite peace process

Kohima, September 19: The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) has asked the United Nations (UN) to send a team of experts to devise mechanisms to expedite the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talk.
“Send a team of experts to assess the developments surrounding the Indo-Naga peace negotiations and advise the GoI in devising mechanisms around the obstructive forces against the Indo-Naga process for ensuring early settlement of the issues involved”. This was stated in the ongoing 39th Session of Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations, General Assembly from September 10-28. The written statement was submitted by the “Liberation”, a non-governmental organization on roster.
NSCN (Isak-Muivah) source said their representatives are attending the session.
“Urge the GoI to welcome third neutral parties, including UN bodies, to aid in expediting the Indo-Naga peace negotiations for bringing an honourable lasting political solution to the protracted Naga political issue,” the statement added.
The statement further urged the Government of India and the negotiating parties to respect democratic processes and the rights of indigenous people with particular reference to Article 3 of the United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous.
The NSCN (IM) representatives also urged the UN to send human rights delegation to assess the human rights situation in the northeast of India to ascertain facts on the ground and to encourage and initiate dialogue among the communities in the region based on universally accepted standards and principles.
Further, the statement urged the international community and the UN to support the ongoing Naga peace process for a conclusive solution based on the principles and values of human rights.
Expressing the position of the Naga people on the current peace process the statement said it is the desire of the Nagas to be united into one geopolitical entity adding Naga people live on their own land that has belonged to them from time immemorial.
“The aspiration of the Nagas to live together is nothing unusual but natural. It is also a historical fact that Naga people were arbitrarily divided into different administrative units by the British as Indian state,” the statement added.
The NSCN (IM) further said Naga people for the fullest realization of their identity and rights, therefore desire the unification of their land which is at the heart of their existence. Also Naga people’s assertion is founded on the principles of self-determination prominently embodied in Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as well as of the International Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People that says, “All people have the right to self-determination”.
Also stated that with the signing of historic ceasefire between the Centre and the NSCN (IM) in 1997, Nagas hope for peace was founded and people appreciated the Government of India for recognising the unique history of the Nagas and it is their hope that the political solution would be based on historical facts and legitimacy.
“However since the signing of the most recent Indo-Naga Framework Agreement, 2015, the governments of neighbouring Indian States, as well as of civil society organizations, particularly in the State of Manipur, are spreading wrongly alleging that this agreement compromises territorial integrity of the State. This propaganda is being deliberately carried out to sabotage the Naga peace process and continue till this day with increased hostile protests that threaten to negatively impact social harmony”.
The statement further said Government of Manipur with some sections of civil organisations, is mot opposing the integration of Naga inhabited areas but also opposing the proposal for any special provisions that promotes and protects the cultural identity, political, economic and social status of the Nagas.
The Statement also cited some of the actions which were directed towards disrupting the peace process by Manipur government and its organisations.
Also the statement said in a recent development other armed groups who were not part of the peace process have joined the talks adding since November 2017, a conglomeration of six other groups is running parallel talks with the Government of India.
“The GoI through its interlocutor R N Ravi has also been holding series of consultations with the Naga civil society organizations concerning the peace process. However a final peace agreement has not yet been reached,” the statement said.
Further, the statement lauded the role of Naga women in peace building mission. “Naga women have played constructive roles in conflict resolution and peace building in the Naga society, particularly in the context of factional conflicts among different Naga armed groups. They have been proactively engaged in peace initiatives to strengthen the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process. They have been campaigning for repeal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 since 1980s”.
In 1994 the Naga mothers Association started a peace campaign on the theme, “Shed no more blood” to address all kinds of violence, fratricidal killings and armed confrontations between the Indian military and Naga armed groups and subsequently in 1997 truce agreement was signed. Also campaigned for conflicts among Naga groups.
“In 2000 Naga women in partnership with Naga civil societies such as Naga Hoho, Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights, Naga Students, Federation and Naga churches participated in another peace initiative called “Journey of conscience” encouraging people to people dialogue to bring about reconciliation and rebuild the Naga society. These initiatives have led to bilateral ceasefire, whereby belligerence and hostilities are halted among different factions of Naga armed resistance groups,” the statement said. (Page News Service)