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Mon, 27 Jan 2020

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NSCN (IM) on integration, Pan Naga Hoho & other issues

NSCN (IM) on integration, Pan Naga Hoho & other issues
January 09
12:02 2020

NET Bureau

The NSCN (IM) on Wednesday while asserting its commitment for territorial integration of Nagas under one political roof, however stated that “political settlement with Government of India cannot cover Nagas in Burmese occupied areas.”

“That will be the second phase to be settled with the Burmese Government,” it said in a rejoinder to a statement purportedly made by NNPGs Working Committee (WC) Convener, N Kitovi Zhimomi.

The statement from the NSCN (IM) MIP added that the proposed Pan Naga Hoho will be a “common platform for Nagas to inculcate and foster spirit of oneness and unity of all Nagas.” “Common culture, common history, common root of language, common identity, common social values, common religion, common territory and common political concept are materials for integration. It is more than cultural body,” the NSCN (IM) stated.

It further informed that the Naga Regional Territorial Councils (NRTC) to be created on the basis of Framework Agreement in Naga Areas of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam are “transitional.” “The present Nagaland state and the NRTC governments will be equipped with sovereign powers as envisioned in Framework Agreement,” it affirmed.

“The sovereign right of a people is inherent,” it said adding the GoI has recognized the sovereignty of Nagas. Stating that the NSCN (IM)’s negotiations with the GoI are centered on sovereignty, it meanwhile stated that Article 371 A of the Indian constitution is the “anti-thesis of the Naga sovereignty, the epicenter of Naga politics.”

“All Nagas are indigenous in Naga country. Indigenousness of a Naga is to be traced from common history, common culture, common identity, common DNA, common territory, common social practices, common religion and common political concept. But granting residential permit or citizenship to the immigrants, refugees or foreigners is a legal matter to be dealt with,” it added.

It meanwhile expressed hope that all Naga leaders are “advocates of the Naga National cause, not that of the Indian constitution.”

Source: The Morung Express

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