Urge India to repeal AFSPA, DAA
Dimapur, August 5: The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) has adopted a resolution supporting a peaceful resolution of the Indo-Naga issue which is just, long lasting, honorable and acceptable to both the sides.
Adopting the resolution in its XV General Assembly held at Washington DC (USA) from July 31 to August 2, the UNPO resolution also called upon the international community to appeal to India to fulfill its commitments in the Framework Agreement on the Indo-Naga issue, and urged India to repeal acts such as the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the Disturbed Area Act, which overly militarize the situation facing the Naga people.
The UNPO resolution read: “Support a peaceful resolution of the Indo-Naga issue which is just, long lasting, honorable and acceptable to both the sides, calls upon the international community to appeal to India to fulfill its commitments in the Framework Agreement on the Indo-Naga issue, and urges India to repeal acts such as the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the Disturbed Area Act which overly militarize the situation facing the Naga people”.
The NSCN (IM) also participated in the XV UNPO general assembly through virtual conferencing as the assembly conducted through virtual conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement issued by the MIP NSC/GPRN said Naga delegates led by Lt. Gen. (Retd.) VS Atem, VC (member of Collective Leadership, NSCN) along with V Horam (executive member of Steering Committee), Kihoyi Swu (Kilonser), Ninghor Raikham (Kilonser) and Asing Shimrah (Additional
Secretary) moved the proposal that Indo-Naga political issue be adopted. “Accordingly, the
Naga representatives were privileged to speak on three different sessions. Finally, it culminated to the adoption of the resolution after passing of votes in the plenary session on the last day,” it informed.
“No less important for Nagalim is the adoption of resolution on the implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16. The resolution highlights positive instances within the past six years where self-determination issues have been freely put to vote. In this context, the text urges the international community to recognize that such forward-looking actions present the best opportunity for the full realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including in particular SDG Goal 16 to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies and to support more such efforts in the future.”
The statement informed that the NSCN (IM) was admitted into UNPO on 23rd January, 1993. Since then, NSCN has been persistently involved in UNPO activities.
“We appreciate the UNPO for its consistent support extended to the Naga people as testified by their resolution number 7 of XV General Assembly of the UNPO. NSCN shall continue to extend unflinching support to the leadership of UNPO. The Naga people shall strive to adhere to the principle of UNPO to resolve its political issues through peaceful and nonviolent means,” it said.
Meanwhile the NSCN (IM) also congratulated the following newly inducted members into UNPO fold: Catalonia, Guam, Yoruba, the Movement for the river races of Zambesia and Biafra. (Page News Service)