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Outfits hold own ‘I-Day’

Kohima, Aug. 14: Militant groups today observed “Naga independence day” at different Naga-inhabited areas across the state.

On the occasion, the Naga national flag was hoisted at the graveyard of A.Z. Phizo, a founder of Naga National Council, near the secretariat. The NNC also organised a formal programme at Chedema peace camp.

On August 14, 1947, the NNC had declared independence of Nagaland, a day ahead of India’s Independence and a report was sent to United Nations to recognise Nagaland as a separate nation. But the self-declared independence was never recognised by either the UN or the Centre.

The NNC again conducted a plebiscite in 1951, where 99.9 per cent of Naga people opted for independence of Nagaland and the same was communicated to the UN but was never accepted.

At Camp Hebron, headquarters of the NSCN (I-M), general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah unfurled the “Naga national flag”. Addressing a huge gathering, “prime minister” of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN) reiterated his group’s determination to resolve the Naga political problem without compromising the historical facts of Naga nationalism. He said the NSCN was determined to hammer out a solution, which would be honourable and acceptable to all sections of people and urged the Centre to be sincere in their approach. NSCN chairman Isak Chishi Swu also attended the programme.

The president of the Federal Government of Nagaland of the NNC, S. Singnya, said his organisation would continue to work for the unity of Naga groups to bring an early solution to the Naga problem. He said only a united Naga community can solve the issue.

Singnya said his organisation has embarked on a “journey of common hope” initiated by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) to bring about reconciliation among the different Naga outfits.

Singnya said the Naga political movement has withstood the test of time. He said the forum will strongly uphold the foundation of Naga nationalism and its principles and any solution would be based on that.

The NSCN (I-M) also celebrated “Naga independence day” in all their camps across the state.


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