NSCN (K) flays CM’s ‘separate settlement’ proposal

NSCN (K) flays CM’s ‘separate settlement’ proposal
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Dimapur, April 14: The NSCN (K) has taken exception to the statement made by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio that Nagas in India and Myanmar should have separate settlement, terming Rio’s statement as “not only immature but also an act of affront and injustice to the Naga history and the political aspirations of the Nagas soaked in the blood and paid with the lives of the thousands of Nagas.”
“The open act of condoning exclusive solution for Myanmar Nagas is but further endorsement of the illegal partition of Naga territories by colonial powers,” said an emailed statement issued by Col. Isak Sumi, Deputy Kilonser, MIP, GPRN.
The Chief Minister had on Friday told reporters that since India and Myanmar are two countries “I strongly feel that Nagas in India divided into four states should come together and Myanmar Nagas should take a separate settlement because as now also Nagas are recognized and have self autonomous government while also having representatives in the Myanmar parliament.”
The NSCN (K), however, stated that Nagas and the NSCN/GPRN cannot afford to enter into one-sided or partial political initiative which will only aggravate the complexities and render the Nagas further divided and weakened. It said the NSCN (K) does not conform to narrow and discriminatory affiliations based on imposed colonial demarcation.
“Therefore the claim made by the Chief Minister of Nagaland Shri Neiphu Rio that majority of NSCN leaders are from Myanmar, must settle for a separate state within Myanmar etc is not only immature but also an act of affront and injustice to the Naga history and the political aspirations of the Nagas,” it added.
Asking all Naga politicians and leaders to strive to unite the Nagas under one political and social unit preceding solution or the same to form the very basis of solution than to espouse exclusive or partial settlement emphasising India Naga and Myanmar Naga discriminatorily, the NSCN (K) said it would ensure that the “opportunist and self-centered Naga politicians” do not misuse the Naga issue as a magic wand beguiling the world for too long.
(Page News Service)