DIMAPUR: The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) alleged that the state of affairs on the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks as seen today is a matter of regret “as rogue elements are pushing around with the blessing of the Government of India targeting the destruction of Framework Agreement”. It added, “Nowhere in the world had we witnessed such an unethical political maneuver”.
In a press statement, the NSCN-IM said today that destructive forces are being sponsored by the very power engaged with NSCN-IM to bring Naga political solution since the talks began in 1997 after signing the historic ‘Second Indo-Naga Ceasefire’. It further alleged that the elements of perfidy, deceit, duplicity, double dealings and treachery had been planted by the Government of India Intelligence agencies in the same manner when the state of Nagaland was created under the 16 Points Agreement. “This time round, the Government of India is desperately trying to push through a new edited version of 16 Points Agreement at the cost of betraying the Framework Agreement signed with the NSCN on August 3, 2015,” the NSCN-IM statement further alleged.
Interestingly, according to the NSCN-IM statement, when NNPGs convener Kitovi travelled to Arunachal Pradesh to meet the Nagas of Tirap, Longding and Changlang, he was escorted by Assam Rifles.
“Ironically, some Naga civil society organisations were put in such a condition that they were made to declare support to Agreed Position but under duress,” the NSCN-IM also said. “And the main reason found out was that TLC (Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts) organization is headed by a close relative of Tikhat, the so called Ato Kilonser of NSCN(R) of NNPGs,” it added. This was followed by another meeting in Guwahati called by AK Mishra, the NSCN-IM also said.
According to the NSCN-IM, the confused bona fide Arunachal Pradesh Naga leaders want to know the reality of the actual status of the Indo-Naga political talks and requested Hebron to update them about the actual position. Accordingly, a meeting was called at Hebron on June 29, 2022. However, some heavyweight political leaders, village chiefs council, GB Council, Naga Hoho (Arunachal unit), Arunachal Naga Students Union and some people could only turn up at their own risk, the NSCN-IM also said.
These Naga civil society organisations who could come to Hebron told us in a very clear vision that they are for genuine Naga political solution and not otherwise, it further stated. Others who could not come were dejected and conveyed to us that Arunachal administration, police and Assam Rifles warned and stopped them from proceeding to Hebron, the NSCN-IM added. “Such conduct engineered by the Government of India is more a nuisance than a catastrophe but it can be avoided if sincerity and democratic transparency are not stored in cold storage,” the NSCN-IM also stated. “Such manner of undermining Naga political issue resorting to the highly demeaning manner is the most annoying thing that keeps coming up at crucial stage of Naga political process,” it also said. “NSCN and Naga people will not accept toxic divisive policy to repeat the past blunder,” the NSCN-IM asserted.