The NSCN (I-M), on the brink of arriving at a final peace settlement, has hit out hard against the government of India for allegedly following “carrot and stick” policies, which could “reverse the clock back towards the pre-ceasefire period.”
According to a statement issued by the ministry of information and publicity of the NSCN (I-M), of late the activities of Centre’s intelligence agencies, particularly the NIA has definitely created trust deficit in the minds of the Nagas and the NSCN (I-M).
We doubt the sincerity of the government of India in concluding an acceptable and honourable political solution considering its “carrot and stick” policy, it stated, adding it is only when the center starts respecting its commitment, not otherwise, can the political dialogue move forward in the spirit of “mutual trust and understanding”.
The statement alleged that much to the indignation of NSCN (I-M), the more than two decades of ceasefire and political dialogue has witnessed innumerable violation of Ceasefire Ground Rules by the government of India (violations which are well documented), its security forces and its intelligence agencies particularly the National Investigation Agency (NIA) whose power has been increased in the name of checking terrorism and protecting India’s national security.
The NIA, while protecting criminals are implicating members of the NSCN (I-M) within India’s law and order Acts and Regulations, and the most recent case is that of Alemla Jamir, cabinet Kilonser, charged paradoxically of “terror funding”, it stated.
This accusation has come as total shock and surpriseconsidering the more than two decades of political dialogue with the NSCN (I-M), it added.
This statement has been necessitated in view of the urgency to save the political dialogue instead of creating distrust at this stage and demolishing the political negotiation, it said, adding the situation will certainly go out of control if the government of India does not take corrective measures in the true spirit of the ongoing political dialogue.
The statement also maintained that it is relevant to refresh the memory of the government of India concerning the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on November 18, 2002, Milan, Italy (available verbatim on record) between the former and the NSCN (I-M).
The MoU officially agreed to lift the ban on NSCN (I-M) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and it was also understood that as the dialogue with the NSCN (I-M) progresses further and environment becomes more peaceful, other Rules, Regulations and Acts will be reviewed in due course of time, it recounted.
The MoU also agreed that the NSCN (I-M) leadership, on the invitation of the prime minister of India, will come to Delhi in December, 2002 to carry forward the peace dialogue in a spirit of mutual trust and understanding and ensure the safety, security and well-being of the NSCN (I-M) leaders during their visit to Delhi, India, the statement recalled.
“After decades of suppressing the Nagas within the purview of India’s “internal law and order issue”, the government of India later on acknowledged that the Indo-Naga issue was political. It was only after the change seen in India’s policy that the NSCN (I-M) agreed to have political dialogue with the government of India in 1997”, it added.
Further the release stated, the political dialogue has travailed more than two decades and some positive steps were taken with the official recognition in 2002 of the “unique history and situation” of the Nagas and the signing of August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement (FA).
The FA, among others recognised the need of ending violent confrontation and also recognised the sovereign right of the Naga people and peaceful co-existence of the two entities through the sharing of the sovereign power, the statement pointed out.