Kohima, November 17 (NEx): The NSCN (IM) on Monday issued a statement over the Government of India (GoI) giving Z Plus category of security to the Collective Leadership of NSCN. Anyone who tried to draw unparallel comparison is simply going superfluous, and no group can mislead the Naga people on Naga issue, stated NSCN (IM).
The NSCN IM stated that giving Z Plus category of security to the Collective Leadership of NSCN is a matter of GoI showing seriousness in dealing with NSCN leaders who carry the Naga political issue as they have come to New Delhi on GoI invitation to carry forward the Naga political talk.
NSCN (IM) also said that it it pertinent to point out that the genesis of the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks beginning from 1997 onwards after ceasefire came into effect. The Government of India (GoI), after realizing the futility of seeking military solution to the Naga political movement came looking for NSCN Collective Leadership who were based abroad that time. It was the Prime Minister Mr. PV Narashimha Rao who came all the way to Paris (France) in 1995 to meet NSCN leaders Mr. Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman and Mr. Th. Muivah, General Secretary.’
‘The NSCN, however, put the condition to start political negotiation if the Government of India recognizes Naga issue as political and stopped terming it as India’s “Internal Law and Order Issue”. Ultimately, ceasefire was officially declared on August 1, 1997 as NSCN was convinced of the change of policy of the GoI towards the Naga issue. It was agreed that political dialogue shall be at the highest level, i.e. Prime Minister Level; Without Pre-condition and Outside India in a Third Country,’ it said.
‘Accordingly, talks were held abroad in third countries like Paris, (France), New York (USA), The Hague (Netherlands), Bangkok (Thailand) and Chiangmai (Thailand), Zurich (Switzerland), Geneva (Switzerland), Osaka (Japan), Kuala-Lumpur (Malaysia), Vienna (Austria) and Milan (Italy).’
‘Indo-Naga political talks changed for the better with the signing of the Amsterdam Joint
Communique on July 11, 2020, giving official recognition to the “Unique history and situation of the Nagas”. This was considered as the first realistic step forward in the political negotiation. To push the talk faster with closer interaction, the GoI invited NSCN leaders to come to New Delhi giving full commitment to take care of their security concern.’
‘Accepting the invitation NSCN Chairman Mr. Isak Chishi Swu and General Secretary Mr. Th. Muivah came to New Delhi in December, 2002. Prior to this, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on the November 18, 2002, in Milan (Italy) to formalize their travel to New Delhi free from security risk. The MoU was in addition to a conscious decision of the GoI to discontinue the ban on the NSCN under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.’
‘Once the NSCN Collective Leadership reached New Delhi they were provided Z plus category security arrangement with IB quarter as their official residence. They were extended this high profile security arrangement given the fact that they carry the Naga political mandate and they hold the Naga issue, and that the GoI has signed ceasefire with NSCN to pave the way for solution. Thus, everything was done on GoI’s initiative and not something asked by NSCN. This also reflects the seriousness of the GoI towards NSCN leadership and the issue they represent.’
‘The Government of India knows too well who carried the Naga political issue and who are the group that necessitate giving high profile security cover. No group can mislead the Naga people on Naga issue. Who is doing what to defend the political identity of the Naga struggle is already laid bare before the people. What is delaying the peace process need no further elaboration.’
‘The Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015, was the initiative of the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi and the signing ceremony was done in his presence along with other high dignitaries of the Government of India including Defence Minister, Indian Army Chief and National Security Advisor (NSA), and witnessed by the whole world as it was telecast live across the world. This is the political significance of the Framework Agreement that was mutually agreed upon and signed,’ it stated.