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Naga political solution so near, yet gone missing, says NSCN(I-M)

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with NSCN (I-M) general secretary The Muivah during the signing of Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015

In a statement, NSCN(I-M) said it finds no fault with Prime Minister N Modi taking the extra pride for solving the Naga political issue. “But the non-action plan on competency had made the FA a non-starter. This is the crux of the delay in Naga political solution,” it added

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NSCN (I-M) on Tuesday said the Naga political solution is so near, yet gone missing. Clarifying on the Parliamentary Committee on the Naga Political Issue (PCoNPI)’s repeated reference that the Indo-Naga political talks were concluded on the 31st October, 2019, NSCN (I-M) said had that been the case, a Joint statement should have been the norm and not unilateral statement by RN Ravi.

“Even NSCN (I-M) could have taken the pleasure to share with the Naga people with much jubilation. Ironically, this is not the case. Ravi may have concluded the talks with NNPGs. But that is not the story with NSCN (I-M),” it added.

The statement said no doubt Ravi used strong words against NSCN (I-M) talk team to conclude the talk by the 31st October, 2019. It was in fact an ugly ultimatum day served to the NSCN by the Government of India with threats and warfare psychosis. But NSCN was unnerved and stood their ground and flatly refused to toe the line of Naga solution as drawn by Ravi.

It also said the truth is that Ravi miserably failed to work out the competency as per the principle of the Framework Agreement (FA). The last paragraph of FA stated “the two sides agreed that within this framework agreement details and execution plan will be worked out and implemented shortly”. But sadly, Ravi never picked up the follow up action on competency.

“In fact, after the 31st October 2019, we had formal talk on the 9th November 2019 and again on the 30th January, 2020,” said the NSCN (I-M)

The statement further said officially the FA signed on the 3rd August, 2015 had resolved the principal issues and therefore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had made known to the world that he had solved the longest insurgency movement in Southeast Asia.

Invoking the 3rd paragraph of FA that says, “It is a matter of great satisfaction that dialogue between the Government of India and the NSCN has successfully concluded and we are confident it will provide for an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities,” the NSCN (I-M) maintained that the sore point is the non-action on competency.

Urging the PCoNPI members to exercise intuition to tell them that something is amiss about the 31st October, 2019 as talks having been officially conclude, it said, “We also need to follow political maturity and pragmatism and go by our established respect to find the Naga political solution, so near, yet gone missing.”

As far as the 31st October, 2019 is concerned there is no documentary evidence appended by the GoI representative and the Naga political groups that talks had been concluded as we find in the FA, it added.

The statement stated that NSCN (I-M) finds no fault with Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the extra pride for solving the Naga political issue. “But the non-action plan on competency had made the FA a non-starter. This is the crux of the delay in the Naga political solution,” it added.

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