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NSCN (I-M) seeks forgiveness for past mistakes as peace talks with Centre reach terminus
Updated: Nov 7, 2019, 10:48 GMT-0530 | IFP Bureau
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IFP Bureau | IMPHAL | Nov 7

On the brink of inking the final settlement of the peace talks with the government of India, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN (I-M)) has sought forgiveness for its past mistakes, and it has also ‘forgiven the past mistakes of our brothers and sisters in different camps.’

Stage is all set for a final settlement between the NSCN (I-M) and the government of India on the basis of the ‘Framework Agreement’, according to a release from the ministry of information and publicity of the former on Thursday. 

The release appealed to all Nagas to be equally prepared with an open heart, adding, the NSCN (I-M) ‘invites all our brothers and sisters in different groups to get on board the bus of ‘Framework Agreement’ and be a part of the final solution in the greater interests of the people and peace and progress in the land.

On the contentious issue of flag and constitution, which has been a stumbling block to a final settlement of the ongoing peace talks with the centre, the release said, the two parties have mutually agreed upon to go for final touch on the agreed competencies for conclusion. The NSCN (I-M) takes into account of the ‘commitment and assurance of the government of India on the issues of Naga national flag and constitution to resolving them at the earliest time’, the release pointed out.

Further the release said, ‘The Nagas had faced many bitterest war situations where they were made to fight back against enemies of all hues in defense of their national future. The demon of war had terribly devastated the Naga families, societies, homes, villages, towns and their country to a great extent’. The Nagas are, in fact, the innocent victims of this demon of war, a war that was born of the aggressors’ brain, it added.

The release continued, ‘However, the good Lord heard the cries of the oppressed Naga people and answered their prayers, which touched the stony hearts of the Indian leaders. Both the Indian army generals and political leaders finally admitted that the Naga problem is political, not military’. Indeed, the gracious Lord opened the door of peace and negotiations for solution, it maintained.

Recounting the political negotiation with the government of India which begin in 1997, the NSCN (I-M) statement said, ‘After series of intensive negotiations, the two parties had ultimately signed the historic ‘Framework Agreement’ on August 3, 2015 based on the recognised unique history of the Nagas’.

The NSCN (I-M) release further said it has ‘forgiven the past mistakes of our brothers and sisters in different camps and that they should also forgive our past mistakes and be reconciled in the gracious name of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ’.

The statement reaching out to all Nagas continued, ‘Let this message of peace and unity among the Nagas be acceptable to all the Nagas, far and near. Unity for the historic tasks ahead is indispensable. Now is the time for the Nagas to unite so that together we move forward to the new era; together we build a land of milk and honey and together we build a people that trust in the Lord’.

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