NSCN-IM Cautions On Dilution Of Framework Agreement

Kohima, June 12 (NEx): The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) in it’s statement on the formation of Core Committee by the Nagaland state government on Naga political issue said that it would welcome the committee as long as there is no attempt to dilute the spirit and substance of the Framework Agreement (FA) as mutually agreed upon by the Government of India and NSCN as the final basis for Naga political solution.

NSCN said that the much talked about Framework Agreement is not something that was signed in a hurry and added that it was the result after going through a long series of talks, when the Government of India finally proposed the Framework Agreement as a formula of win-win solution. The talks had revolved around the FA with both the parties cautiously taking care not to allow either side to take strategic advantage or deviation from FA, it said.

The NSCN accused that ‘foot-in-mouth’ syndrome identified with the state BJP unit in Nagaland is already giving the Core Committee a bad picture before the work take off and said that no such committee is expected to bear fruits if historical reality is not taken into account.

It further suggested BJP to make its stand very clear if it takes cognizance of the Naga national movement with reference to the declaration of the Naga Independence on the 14th August, 1947 and the Naga Plebiscite on the 16th May, 1951, if it wants to solve the Naga political issue within the Indian Constitution, as the two events constitute the most important landmarks in the Naga national movement and it is with the UNO (United Nations Organization).

Mentioning the horrendous violations of human rights that Naga people went through at the hands of the Indian security forces, where over two lakhs Nagas lost their lives, besides destruction of properties throughout Nagalim, the NSCN suggested that BJP should make its stand very clear, either to admit these factual accounts of history or deny it.

It also pointed out that the Core Committee members should not overrate themselves or outdo its role at the cost of destroying the Naga political identity that NSCN has robustly protected throughout the two decades of talk with the Government of India. The Indo-Naga political history is marked by bloody blunder for reason of not consulting the main stakeholders (freedom fighters). The mistakes of history should not be repeated at the hands of Core Committee, the NSCN reminded.

The faction also cautioned some Naga intellectuals, political and public leaders going overboard by projecting Naga history incorrectly, adding confusion in the minds of the masses, to exercise restraint lest Naga political history is distorted or cynically manipulated.

Further, the NSCN stated that it would be watchful of any traitorous approach to the Naga political issue that has been painstakingly guarded and taken this far at the cost of blood, sweat and tears.

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