Dimapur, November 13: Reacting to the communication between the Governor, State Government and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) over the security of the Convener and Co-Conveners, WC, NNPGs, the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups today clarified that as in any political negotiation concerning a nation’s and people’s political destiny, the safety and security of the negotiating team and leadership is paramount.
In a clarification issued today by the Media Cell, the WC said the Working Committee consists of political groups who are not in a ceasefire with Government of India, however, upon becoming part of WC, a de-facto ceasefire status was extended to all.
It said from the very beginning of the political talks, the request for personal identity cards for top leadership of all political groups was put forward to the GOI interlocutor, which would allow the Naga leaders to carry firearms for their personal safety.
While the Convener and co-conveners have their own Naga Army security apparatus in place, those involved in political talks, by protocol, require additional escort security from state actors in their official travels, it said.
“This clarification is in response to those accusing WC, NNPGs of demanding Indian security forces for protection. The same question is best answered by those with 24-hour Z category Indian security forces with Indian MP status and residence in New Delhi,” the WC NNPGs stated.
(Page News Service)