Time for Government of India to execute Framework Agreement with honesty: NSCN (I-M)
Pointing out that it's been six years since the FA was signed, the NSCN (I-M) said it's time Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in order to find a lasting Naga solution, will have to look through the prism of the Framework Agreement and no other way.
The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) is determined to stick to the Framework Agreement (FA) without any dilution to usher in permanent peace and development not only in Nagalim but in the whole Northeast region.
The NSCN (I-M) stated in a release that the FA was a fresh attempt after more than two decades of the Indo-Naga political negotiations and the most credible agreement that match the political right of the Naga people across Nagalim.
The NSCN (I-M) stated that it is on record that all the past agreements on Naga political issues ended up in failure. The 9 Points Agreement of 1947, the 16 Points Agreement of 1960 and the Shillong Accord of 1975 failed to get the support of the Naga people as these agreements came short of Naga people’s historical and political rights.
In his speech, Prime Minister Modi said, “We have continued to look at each other through the prism of false perception and old prejudices. The result was that connectivity between Nagaland and the rest of India remained weak across this divide”.
For all practical purposes, Narendra Modi, in order to find a lasting Naga solution will have to look through the prism of the Framework Agreement and no other way. He must come up boldly to face the situation created by his own zeal to solve the Indo-Naga problem, the NSCN(I-M) stated.
It further stated that the irony of the situation was apparent to everyone as the Prime Minister of India is now being carefully watched if he will live up to his high profile FA speech.
Six years down the line, NSCN (I-M) have stood the ground to defend the FA against any manipulation or misinterpretation, it stated
Prime Minister Modi had shown his confidence and pride in signing the FA that he made sure that the signing ceremony is live-telecast to make the whole world witness the historic agreement. He even generated much amusement among the opposition parties when he informed them that he had solved the longest running insurgency movement in Southeast Asia by the stroke of pen signing the framework agreement, stated NSCN (I-M).
During the meeting of NSCN (I-M) and the core committee team led by its general secretary, Th Muivah reiterated that the Framework Agreement would be the basis of final solution with the Government of India (GOI) as the FA is inclusive of everything to make the Naga solution that is honourable and acceptable to both the parties. It was for this reason that NSCN (I-M) has guarded FA not to allow the GOI to make any strategic diversion under any pretext. Unity of the Naga people should also be based on the framework agreement to safeguard the sanctity of the Naga political history, it added.
Significantly, the FA was signed under the direct supervision of Prime Minister Modi at his official residence, New Delhi. It is high time that the FA is again brought to the courtyard of Modi for his final perusal and follow up action to take the Indo-Naga Political talks under his direct command. There is no point talking with the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), GOI as the informal talk is leading to nowhere other than beating around the bush, stated NSCN (I-M) in the release.
The much hyped FA has entered 6th years without getting any positive response from the GOI for the necessary follow up action to concretise into a solid official document as transitional arrangement for the final settlement of Naga political issue. As six years waiting is a long period, Naga people are, however, patient enough waiting for the GOI to act upon its own commitment, it added.
Now the time has come again calling upon the GOI to open the door for executing the FA with all honesty and not resort to misinterpretation to suit its own convenience, stated NSCN (I-M) in the release.
It may be recalled that a historic breakthrough was made on July 11, 2002 at Amsterdam (Netherlands) talks between the GOI and NSCN (I-M). The GOI represented by K Padmanabhaiah formally recognised the unique history and situation of the Naga people. Significantly, the official recognition became a matter of political exigency as demanded by the situation, it stated.
It was after more than 10 years of negotiation following the official recognition of the unique history and situation of the Nagas when the talks reached a deadlock-like situation with no side willing to compromise as both the Indian and Naga leaders took their respective parallel stands never to meet whatsoever, the NSCN (I-M) added.