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NSCN(IM) seeks PM Modi’s intervention to take peace talks to logical conclusion

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Alleging that six years since it was inked Framework Agreement (FA) has not been implemented, NSCN-IM asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appoint his representative to pick up the political talk with NSCN talk team and take the Framework Agreement to a logical conclusion as there is no point talking with the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), as the informal talk is leading to nowhere other than beating around the bush.

The agreement was inked on August 3, 2015. NSCN-IM in a statement stated, “ The FA was signed under the direct supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence, New Delhi. It is high time that the FA is again brought to the courtyard of Modi for his final perusal and follow up action to take the Indo-Naga Political talks under his direct command. There is no point talking with the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), GoI as the informal talk is leading to nowhere other than beating around the bush. The political exigency is for the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to appoint his representative(s) to pick up the political talk with the NSCN talk team and take the Framework Agreement to a logical conclusion.”

NSCN-IM stated that the much hyped Framework Agreement (FA) enters the 6th year without getting any positive response from the Government of India (GoI) for the necessary follow up action to concretize into a solid official document as transitional arrangement for the final settlement of Naga political issue. Six years waiting is a long period in any sense of the term. Given the complexity of the issue, Naga people are, however, patient enough waiting for GoI to act upon its own commitment. The ball is, therefore, with the court of the Government of India, and not with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN).”

The outfit clarified that neither economic packages nor imposed political packages will bring about lasting solutions. There are no other tangible options we can conceive.”. For the Naga people the question of being too rigid and not flexible enough does not arise as the issue circles around the Naga people’s determined stands of protecting the political identity of the Naga nationhood represented by the Naga national flag and Yehzabo (Constitution). The very fact that the Nagas are not rigid had taken the Indo-Naga political talk this far. The pressing irony is that without the Naga national flag and Yehzabo, everything discussed and agreed upon shall be nullified. More than that, the Framework Agreement should not be twisted to project that it is under the purview of Indian Constitution. The Naga history is very clear before the world as the Nagas had not surrendered their sovereignty nor decided to join the Indian Union. The question of having accepted Indian Constitution also does not arise.”

The Government of India had earlier rejected a separate flag and Constitution of NSCN-IM.

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