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Thursday , November 12 , 2015

NSCN-IM clears air on accord

Kohima, Nov. 11: The NSCN led by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah today categorically said the framework accord signed on August 3 was based on "peaceful co-existence of two entities".

Speaking at the meeting with the leaders of Angami organisations today at Angami public hall, kilo kilonser (home minister) of Government of the People's Republic of Nagalim (GPRN), Rh. Raising, said, "The government of India has officially accepted that India and Nagas are two different entities and that the framework accord was signed based on that."

"The framework agreement says sovereignty lies with the people. Sovereignty of India lies with the Indian people and sovereignty of the Nagas lies with Naga people. Therefore, solution based on shared sovereignty is a mutually agreed point," he said.

He said the term "Naga" is applied to all people who come from the same history, who belong to the same bloodline, practise common culture, live in a compact territory and speak language of common root and profess the same religion. "Hence, in spite of the opposition, the government of India and the NSCN finally signed the framework agreement on August 3, 2015, which is the foundation for the solution," he said.

Raising said nothing on earth exists in total isolation and that everything was interrelated and interdependent. "We are related to our neighbours and even to our enemies. Nagas will not merge with India but Indians and Nagas will co-exist maintaining their respective entities as different kind of flowers blooming together in the same world. They will be partners both in wartime and peacetime," he said.

He said the NSCN (I-M) would appreciate suggestions and advice to find a solution to the Naga problem but added that it would strongly oppose any kind of "idealist and doctrinaire politics".

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