DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 4 (MExN): The United Naga Tribes Association of Border Areas (UNTBA) has submitted a representation to the General Secretary of the NSCN (IM), Th Muivah reiterating that union’s desire for settlement of the Assam Nagaland border issue.
The representation, appended by UNTBA President, Hukavi T Yeputhomi and General Secretary, Imsumongba Pongen demanded that the “long pending issue of land and boundary between the states of Nagaland and Assam inter alia re-transfer of Naga lands in Assam to the present State of Nagaland (Nagalim) be settled at the political level based on the historical facts and official records so as to make the final Naga-Indo political settlement acceptable and honorable to the Naga people.”
This should be done having understood the present Naga-Indo political situation as an opportune moment for the Naga people, the UNTBA added.
It meanwhile acknowledged the NSCN (IM) General Secretary’s “dynamic political leadership in bringing about the ‘Framework Agreement’ with the Government of India on August 3, 2015, wherein; the unique history of the Naga people and the legitimate rights of the Naga people over our lands and territories have been firmly asserted to be the basis for political resolution on the decades old Naga-Indo political issue.”
It further appreciated the Framework Agreement, and expressed belief that the historical and traditional rights of the Naga people over their lands and territories which was agreed upon in ‘9 Points Agreement’ by both the political entity of the Naga people, the then Naga National Council and the Government of India, represented by the then Governor Akbar Ali Hydari and Premier Gobinath Bordoloi of the then Assam Province in June 26 – 29, 1947 at Kohima, would be honored.
The UNTBA also considered the “abject failure of the Government of India to honor the ‘9 Points Agreement’ for the restoration of Naga Lands to its original owner as the genesis of the emergence of the Naga Nationalism and the protracted Naga-Indo political imbroglio.”