Dimapur, October 30: The Asia Indigenous Peoples’ Pact (AIPP), Thailand and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), Denmark has appealed to the Prime Minister of India not to withdraw from the negotiation and look beyond the signing of an agreement that is not grounded on political consent and will of the Naga people.
In an open letter to the PM, which was endorsed by 42 other international and Indian minority and indigenous organizations, the AIPP & IWGIA said it looks gorward to seeing the settling of the Indo-Naga political issue grounded on democratic values and principles so peace may become a reality under Modi’s leadership for the benefit of all.
Expressing grave concern regarding the recent development on the Indo-Naga peace talks, the letter said, “All over the world, we are much aware of the consequences when peace negotiations break down and conflict resumes. It is, therefore, with a great sense of urgency that we appeal to you for your political wisdom.”
Acknowledging that deep seated political issues require patience and determination to reach its acceptable conclusion, the letter was of the view that recognizing the unique history of the Naga people and the subsequent signing of the Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 have laid down the basis for translating the inherent rights of the Nagas into a mutually agreed upon political settlement with the Government of India.
“We recognize that this is a historic achievement under your leadership,” it said, while stating that the people of India and the Naga people deeply yearn for peace. (Page News Service)