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Solution without Naga flag & constitution will not be honourable: NSCN (IM)


Dimapur, August 24: The NSCN (IM) has accused the Government of India of “going slow” in taking stand on core issues remaining in the negotiation, and expressed doubt over the sincerity of GoI to bring an honourable solution to the Indo-Naga political issue.
The core issues in the negotiation between the two parties that are yet to be agreed upon are Naga flag and constitution.
In a statement today, the NSCN (IM) said without Naga flag and constitution any solution would not be honourable.
“Without these two core issues solved, any solution would be far from honourable because Naga’s pride and identity is deeply entrenched here,” it said.
NSCN (IM) chairman Q Tuccu and general secretary Th Muivah have also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi “about the doubt and confusion raised by Naga people if an honourable political solution can be arrived at,” the statement said.
The NSCN (IM) stated that given the seriousness of the Prime Minister in solving the Indo-Naga political conflict, the Nagas await the historic day when the final agreement will be signed. However, it said when Modi asked Interlocutor RN Ravi to finish the talks with the Naga negotiators within three months, “it become all the more interesting.”
“This is the third time when the Modi led BJP government has come out with such an assuring tone. Accordingly, we have seen Ravi who is now holding the dual post of Nagaland Governor and Interlocutor speaking with much stronger passion to solve the Naga political problem that has hang on for too long.”
The statement said the Framework Agreement initiated and signed by late chairman Isak Chishi Swu took the Indo-Naga political talks to a critical stage, but after three years the FA is yet to have its fruition “as the Government of India is going slow in taking its stand on core issues.”
‘Pre-ceasefire period’
At the same time, the NSCN (IM) said it would have been apt if Ravi had made his presence after being appointed as Nagaland Governor by working in tandem with the Indian Army (Assam Rifles/AR) and rein on them to exercise restraint from what they are doing now.
“The pictures are almost back to pre-ceasefire period with the ubiquitous AR showing up in aggressive postures,” it alleged.
According to the statement, for more than 4 months, AR personnel have stationed at Doyapur near the designated Hebron Camp and moving around in nearby villages, frisking commuters and raiding houses with cameras in hand. “The villagers were harassed with uncomfortable questions giving them much mental unrest. As days passed, AR have become more unruly and going towards the direction to sow seeds of another bloody conflict with the Nagas,” it said.
The NSCN (IM) said besides Doyapur areas, the AR personnel are seen in many areas of Dimapur frisking passerby and entering residential areas taking photographs. “Such manner of intensified operation by AR makes the whole scenario unbecoming of Ravi’s search for the earliest solution as advised by Prime Minister Mr. Modi.”
Stating that conducive atmosphere without the “belligerent AR is the desire of the people in general and NSCN in particular in this critical period,” the NSCN (IM) strongly condemned the AR for the unwarranted frisking operations across Dimapur.
“This eye sore has to be done away with,” it added. (Page News Service)