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NNC rules out tie-up with NSCN

Kohima, Feb. 21: The Naga National Council (NNC) led by Adinno Phizo has ruled out unification with the factions of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah).

The Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) of the council said it could not unite with the groups which were struggling for power through a foreign political ideology known as socialism.

“Our mandated political institution and government are simply defending the Naga national rights and territories and not fighting for the establishment of a foreign political ideology in our land,” the FGN said in a statement.

The council had declared Naga independence on August 14, 1947, a day ahead of Independence Day. The outfit said it was not fighting for independence of Nagaland but fighting aggressors who had occupied the state for decades.

The council attributed divisions in Naga society to signing of the 16-point agreement in 1960 between the Naga People’s Convention and the Centre. The agreement created Nagaland state. It also blamed the accord for formation of Revolutionary Government in 1968 by a breakaway group of the council and later its surrender to the Centre in 1972, Shillong Accord of 1975 and formation of the NSCN in 1980.

“This most treacherous betrayal in 1960 gave birth to all the social evils that are plaguing our land and our society today,” a statement issued by Khrovete Nuh, FGN deputy secretary, said. The council claimed that the Shillong Accord was signed by a section of Naga rebels and not by it and therefore there was no question of the NNC/FGN betraying the Naga nation.

The statement said the council had never given recognition to the Shillong Accord. “In fact, all Nagas have rejected the Shillong Accord as an invalid document because it was never ratified by either Parliament or the Naga federal tatar hoho (Naga parliament),” the statement added.

On rampant extortion by Naga groups, the statement said the NNC/FGN is the only authenticated organisation for the Naga people and it does not recognise other groups. “The only tax that the federal government receives is from donations and legitimate national taxes from the bona fide Naga villages,” the council said.