| Isak Chishi Swu |
Kohima, Aug. 13: The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) today assured the people of Nagaland that it would work out an acceptable and honourable solution with the Centre for the vexed Naga imbroglio.
On the eve of the 66th Naga Independence Day, NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu said his organisation was earnestly committed to the peace process with New Delhi and would ensure that a honourable solution that was acceptable to all parties was hammered out. “We have not shied away from confrontation when the rights and existence of the Nagas were at stake,” Swu said in a statement issued this evening.
He said steps taken by outfit in the past 16 years of political negotiations with the Centre demonstrated their respect for the Naga people and their history. “We have not wavered and we will be steadfast to the end.”
Swu said New Delhi had already acknowledged that a military solution could not solve the Naga issue and had, consequently, taken a political approach.
He said since August 1, 1997, the Centre and NSCN (I-M) had embarked on political negotiations at the highest level outside India without any pre-conditions and after nearly five years, the government officially recognised the unique history and situation of the Nagas. “Today, the government of India is committed towards a negotiated political settlement based on that recognition. We see great wisdom in the leadership of India,” Swu said.
“The two parties are undoubtedly closer to each other and we assure you that we are serious and committed enough towards finding an honourable political solution. It would be prudent to ensure an honourable political solution without delay; the earlier the better,” he said.
He added that both parties should show “deep wisdom” at this juncture and make sure that no extraneous forces are allowed to jeopardise the talks.
Swu thanked the 60 Naga legislators and the Naga Hoho for lending a helping hand. “The resolution of the Joint Legislators’ Forum of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly appealing to both parties to expedite the political dialogue is a step in the right direction. We deeply value such wisdom exercised by all.”
The Naga independence day will be celebrated at Camp Hebron, the NSCN (I-M) council headquarters, from 9am tomorrow.
Representatives from Naga organisations, civil society groups and NSCN (I-M) members will attend the programme, where kilo kilonser (home minister) T.T. Among will unfurl the Naga national flag and take salute from the parade.