Says, NSCN (IM)’s demand of sovereignty and ‘other serious issues’ has been dropped
Guwahati/Dimapur, April 7: Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju today said the territorial integrity of the Northeastern states would not be compromised and the contentious demand of the NSCN(IM) for unification of all the Naga-inhabited areas would not be included in the final Naga Framework Agreement.
He also said the Centre would come out with the final version of the Naga Framework Agreement, signed between it and the NSCN(IM) in August 2015, to solve the Naga imbroglio within the tenure of the Narendra Modi government.
Rijiju said some “outside agencies” and “elements” were trying to foment trouble in the Northeast, adding that the government was tracking them.
The Union minister of state for home told a press conference here that the NSCN(IM)’s demand for unification of all the Naga-inhabited areas, including parts of Assam and other neighbouring states, would not be included in the final agreement.
He said the sovereignty and “other serious issues” had been dropped from the NSCN(IM)’s charter of demands and the Naga Framework Agreement was signed under the ambit of the Constitution.
“Talks for Naga solution have been going on for long. But we want to go by concrete timeline for a clear and tangible solution. That is why the framework agreement (between Centre and NSCN(IM) was signed in 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself have assured of reaching the solution in few months,” Rijiju said.
“We are progressing with the peace process with absolute clarity. The neighbouring states need not have to worry as there would be no adverse impact. Not even an inch of territories in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be affected,” Rijiju said.
Referring to the “outside agencies” and “elements” who were trying to foment trouble in the North-eastern region, the BJP leader said, “We know about the groups and we are tracking them. Anyone found indulging in anti-national activities would be firmly dealt with.
“We have an intelligence mechanism, which is much robust now.”
On the final version of the Naga Framework Agreement, he said, “We (Centre) are progressing with absolute clarity. The unique history of the Nagas will be recognised and we will come out with a clear, tangible solution.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said we will give a result during the tenure of this government.”
Reacting to the statement of Kiren Rijiju, NSCN (IM) sources said, “What does he (Rijiju) know about the contents and spirit of the Framework Agreement?”.
The NSCN(IM) said Rijiju’s picture never came in Indo-Naga talks.
“About the Indo-Naga talks, only Prime Minister and R N Ravi will issue statement. They have the absolute right to issue statement on the ongoing talks,” it said.
(PTI/Page News Service)