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Sun, 26 May 2019

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Nagaland Governor Misinformed of Framework Agreement: NSCN-IM

Nagaland Governor Misinformed of Framework Agreement: NSCN-IM
September 11
12:15 2015

The NSCN (IM) on Thursday said that the Nagaland Governor, PB Acharya seems to be “totally misinformed or ignorant” of the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM).

The NSCN (IM) said this in response to recent reports quoting the Governor as stating that “NSCN has given up the demand for a sovereign Nagaland.” A press note from the MIP of the NSCN (IM) stated that the Framework Agreement is the foundation upon which the edifice of solution will be built. The agreement says that India and Naga will co-exist as two entities and that the question of merger of one with the other does not arise, it said.

The NSCN (IM) asserted that Nagas are not looking for status in par with other communities within the parameter of Indian constitution. “Ours is not a domestic/law and order problem of India. The agreement says it is a political problem that calls for political solution. It also says that the history and the situation of the Nagas is unique, which means Nagas have never been a part of the Union of India either by conquest or by consent,” it stated.

On the Governor’s reported statement that “no areas of other states will be lumped with Nagaland,” the NSCN (IM) said that Nagas have never ever grabbed even an inch of land from their neighbors; “rather our land has been divided into a number of pieces and taken by our neighboring states against the wishes of the Nagas.” Division of Naga territory is one of the causes of the resistance movement, it said while maintain that peaceful and honorable solution “will never be there so long as Nagas are kept divided.” Territorial integration of the Nagas, it affirmed, is a “natural necessity, not a choice or demand.”

The Framework Agreement, it revealed, says that “according to the universal principle sovereignty lies with the people, not government.” Therefore, the sovereignty of India lies with the Indian people and the sovereignty of the Nagas lies with the Naga people, it reasoned.

It however conceded that there will be “sharing of sovereign power for enduring peaceful co-existence of the two entities.” The Nagas, it affirmed, will never accept any agreement that betrays their principle. “Seeking solution by suppressing the right of the Nagas is the seed of war, not solution,” it added. The NSCN (IM) also claimed that representatives from all sections of Naga people have “unanimously approved and endorsed the framework agreement in their consultative meeting,” and the NLA legislators have given “high appreciation and support.”

The Nagas, it stated, are now entering a new era where they will live with India and other neighboring people and nations on the basis of harmonious interdependent relationship. “This is the era of the Nagas. No evil policy or deception strategy or coalition forces of the aggressors or power of the enemies of the Nagas will prevail anymore,” it said.

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