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NSCN (IM) slams India’s ‘carrot & stick’ policy

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Doubts GoI’s sincerity for honourable solution

Dimapur, January 26: The NSCN (IM) has slammed the “unrestrained excessive activities” of National Investigation Agency (NIA) taking recourse to India’s law and order against NSCN members, and warned that such activities will reverse the clock back towards the pre-ceasefire period.
“The NIA has been acting with impunity and intensified its activities particularly after the ultimatum served by the GoI interlocutor in July, 2019 and the deliberate rejection of the FA principle wherein the sovereign rights of the Naga people to use its national flag and constitution has been officially acknowledged,” it said.
In a statement, MIP NSCN (IM) said it doubts the sincerity of the GoI in concluding an acceptable and honourable political solution considering its “carrot and stick” policy. It said the activities of GoI intelligence agencies, particularly the NIA, has created trust deficit in the minds of the Nagas and the NSCN.
“It is only when the GoI starts respecting its commitment, not otherwise, can the political dialogue move forward in the spirit of “mutual trust and understanding,” it said.
The NSCN (IM) was reacting to the arrest of Mrs Alemla Jamir, Cabinet Kilonser and charged of “terror funding” by the NIA.
Alleging that the NIA while protecting criminals are implicating members of the NSCN within India’s law and order acts and regulations, the NSCN said case against Alemla Jamir came as a total shock and surprise considering the more than two decades of political dialogue.
The statement reminded GoI of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 18th November, 2002, Milan, Italy between the GoI and the NSCN that officially agreed to lift the ban on NSCN under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. “And it was also understood that as the dialogue with the NSCN progresses further and environment becomes more peaceful, other Rules, Regulations and Acts will be reviewed in due course of time.”
“The MoU also agreed that the NSCN leadership, on the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, will come to Delhi in December, 2002 to carry forward the peace dialogue in a spirit of mutual trust and understanding and ensure the safety, security and well-being of the NSCN leaders during their visit to Delhi, India,” it said.
Saying it is issuing the statement in view of the urgency to save the political dialogue instead of creating distrust at this stage and demolishing the political negotiation, the NSCN said the situation will certainly go out of control if the GoI does not take corrective measures in the true spirit of the ongoing political dialogue between and GoI and the NSCN. (Page News Service)

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