Ceasefire agreements with ‘surrogate factions’ deceitful dealing of Naga political issue: NSCN (IM) 

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DIMAPUR, Sept 13: The NSCN (IM) accused the government of India of resorting to deceitful dealing of the Naga political issue by signing multiple ceasefire agreements with its “surrogate factions”.

“Such a double dealing of the government of India only generates doubt on India’s sincere commitment. The Naga political issue is not something to be displayed in this deceptive manner before the world,” the ministry of information and publicity of the outfit said in a statement.

Asserting that the issue is one and there will be one solution, the NSCN said one may deceive a few cronies but ultimately one can never deceive the people.

“Can it fool the world?” it asked.

After entering into ceasefire with other Naga political groups, the government of India signed a ceasefire agreement with the Niki Sumi faction of the NSCN (K) for one year on September 8.

The NSCN alleged that the government of India has gained notoriety for over indulgence in duplicitous dealing that comes in the role of scheming villain to kill the Naga issue by keeping the Nagas divided.

The world is, however, not blind and keenly watching the dramatic political situation in Nagalim (Nagaland), it added.

The statement said the world is also taking cognizance of the political wisdom of the political leaders of India who are steering the political talks with the leadership of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN), the one and only authentic political organisation of the Naga people which have agreed to start the political dialogue on the basis of mutually agreed points – talk at the highest level, without any conditions and in third countries.

It said in the subsequent talks, with better understanding of each other’s position and respecting the historical and political rights of the Naga people, indelible milestone was achieved when the historic Framework Agreement was signed on August 3, 2015. The agreement put the hope of the two people on a high level for a durable solution and peace in the land, it added.

The NSCN stated that the agreement clearly reflects the unique history of the Nagas, sovereignty of the people and shared sovereignty of the two entities.

The NSCN affirmed that it will stick to the agreement in any eventuality while stating that both the parties have much to gain from the Framework Agreement.

It opined that it would be a wrong step for the government of India to complicate the Naga issue by taking pleasure in going for many agreements under false pretext which bears no political meaning towards the Naga solution.

Saying that no amount of agreements will bring a solution if it is not issue-based, the NSCN said talking for solution is meaningless and wastage of time if it is not with the mandated organisation that holds the trump card.

It also asked the government of India whether it will also enter into agreements with other people on the Naga political issue in the name of stakeholders. “This will simply be a breach of trust and making a mockery of the Naga issue,” it said.

According to the NSCN (IM), it is critically important at this stage for the government of India to reaffirm its position and commitment on the Framework Agreement.

“The government of India and NSCN have come a long way negotiating for the Naga solution that is honourable and acceptable to both the parties. No matter how complex, there is no running away. Both the parties must go deep into the crux of the problem with mutual respect and commitment,” it added.

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