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Sun, 19 Nov 2017

Northeast Today

Nagaland Minister Points Trust Deficit in Framework Agreement

Nagaland Minister Points Trust Deficit in Framework Agreement
May 16
12:38 2017

Nagaland government is committed to bring unity among Naga political groups for enabling them to present a common agenda to Union government for early resolution of Naga political issue; this was informed state Forest and Climate Change minister Imkong L Imchen.

Lauding the signing of the Framework Agreement between the GoI and NSCN (IM) he said, “Unity of Nagas is pre-requisite for achieving solution. Current government under Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu has constituted the Political Affairs Mission (PAM), which already held its first round of dialogue with five Naga political groups on April 8, while a separate interaction with NSCN (IM) will also be held soon.”

“Since Nagas consider the Framework Agreement very important for their destiny, so it is quite natural to express apprehension so as to make the agreement a commonly acceptable one,” stated Imchen, adding, “There is enormous trust deficit between the negotiating parties and the Naga public, including political parties and thus bridging this gap is the need of the hour.”

Pointing out that there are at least seven Naga political groups, who are outside the purview of the ongoing political talks, he questioned: “Why the negotiating parties should not sincerely approach them with open minds is difficult to discern. Further 7 Naga underground factions are also not coming to a single platform to present a comprehensive and common agenda for the cause of the Naga Political Issue and its solution there in.”

He however maintained that there are recognised political parties in the state besides the government who may also have wisdom laden ideas and proposals to contribute to the political talks. “The Nagas cannot afford to lose the present opportunity in shaping the destiny of their future.”

Meanwhile, the Minister also clarified that he was speaking at his personal individual capacity without any ill-will towards anybody.

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