Never softened stand on Naga integration: NSCN (IM)

DIMAPUR, JULY 21 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) on Saturday issued a rejoinder in connection to the news reports appearing in section of the national as well as local newspapers on the Naga framework agreement.

 

The news reports, said to be based on the 213th report on the security situation in the northeastern states tabled by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs in the Rajya Sabha, claimed that the Nagas had now reached a common understanding with the Government of India (GoI) that “boundaries of the States will not be touched” and “some special arrangements would be made for the Nagas, wherever they are.”

 

Among other points, the reports also claimed that the Committee has asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to prepare a detailed and generous rehabilitation-cum-settlement scheme for the NCSN-IM cadres who will surrender as per of the Naga Accord.

 

In the rejoinder, the NSCN (IM) maintained that at no point of time in the negotiations with GoI, the NSCN had softened its stand on the issues of Naga history, identity, rights including integration of all Naga areas, let alone accepting the Indian constitution.

 

It maintained that when the negotiating parties are fully committed to working out a solution that is acceptable to both, it is mandatory that the parties exercise integrity, and restrain any agencies trying to derail the political negotiation.

 

While asserting that the relationship between the GoI and the Nagas shall be based on the agreement arrived at, the NSCN (IM) said the agreement should not be distorted by anyone for personal benefits.

 

The NSCN (IM) said it will not betray the steps that have already been taken. “Our position is clear to the end. We are serious, and we are careful, as we know that the righteous can do nothing if the foundation is destroyed.”