CNSA asks Governor to clarify Centre's stand on Naga issue

Dimapur, July 3 (MExN): The Central Naga Students' Association (CNSA) has expressed confusion as to who the Nagaland Governor is referring to as "armed groups" in his letter to the Nagaland Chief Minister.

A press release from the CNSA President, Himato Yeptho and General Secretary, Lipemo M Tsopoe further said that "if it is true, then Naga political groups in the negotiation should also assist the Government to reign in those groups."

"And if the Governor is referring to the Naga political groups, he is also a party to those armed groups as he has been guiding them for almost 6 years and counting. The same yardstick should be used upon him under relevant IPC for instigating and harbouring armed groups thus creating law and order issues disturbing peace in the State," it stated.

The CNSA also questioned the Government of India and the Nagaland Governor who is also the interlocutor for the Indo-Naga peace talks, in particular, to clearly come out and let the Nagas know of how serious they are in solving the Naga political issue. 

"Naga political struggle for our identity will not end in a ceasefire and the ceasefire of 1964 is a glaring example for all the stakeholders that any ceasefire without outcome will only reignite the movement," it claimed.

It further reminded the Government of India and all Naga political groups that "just silencing the cadres will not end the people's movement but the settlement or solution should be acceptable and honourable without compromising the inalienable rights and history of the Naga people as no nation is too big to take on or no nation is too small that can be ignored."

The present ceasefire arrangement should be viewed as an opportunity by all the stakeholders to usher in understanding and build trust between the people as Naga people have always felt being oppressed and suppressed due to the lack of understanding the customs, culture and way of life of the Nagas by the dominant group, the CNSA said. 

It said this is the most opportune time as the consensus to solve the imbroglio is fully endorsed and supported by the majority of the people.  "But in the failure to understand each other, Ceasefire cannot continue forever, the CNSA stated.