Unification of Naga Areas, Separate Naga Flag Non-negotiable: NSCN-IM

A day earlier than resuming peace talks with the federal government, rebel group NSCN-IM stated the outfit stands by its demand for unification of Naga inhabited areas and a separate flag and these are non-negotiable. Each the NSCN-IM and the federal government representatives have agreed to renew their peace dialogue on Wednesday right here to discover a everlasting resolution to the vexed subject.

In an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Nagalim Voice’, the NSCN-IM additionally stated it’s ironic to level out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi who likes to promote his achievements is predicted to take the Naga subject to logical conclusion because the stalled Indo-Naga talks decide up the threads with give attention to the Framework Settlement (FA) and formulated papers. The editorial stated seven years in the past, when Modi took the initiative to oversee the high-profile FA signing ceremony on August 3, 2015 at his residence, it generated a lot hype and hope going by the tone of his extremely enchanting speech.

The prime minister took pleasure in saying to all political leaders who mattered that he has solved the longest surviving insurgency in Southeast Asia. Going past that, the ceremony was telecast dwell everywhere in the world to placed on file his achievement in fixing the Naga subject, it stated. “Modi can’t merely shrink back from the Naga subject however have a relook via the prism of the Framework Settlement, at his personal political brainchild. The credit score he has taken in bringing concerning the FA ought to be unerringly interpreted to take ahead in fixing the Naga subject, the editorial stated.

It stated the stand of the NSCN-IM on the FA has been distinctly acknowledged again and again and the choice of the (Naga) Nationwide Meeting on Might 31, 2022 and the solemn declaration (decision) adopted on August 26, 2022 by the Naga Nationwide Staff of NSCN from Nagaland state reaffirming one folks, one nation and to face by the FA, is on file. “The unifying precept of ‘one folks, one nation’ symbolised by god-given Naga Nation Flag is non-negotiable within the title of Naga political resolution,” it stated.

Nagaland’s neighbouring states Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been vehemently against the concept of unification of Naga inhabited areas below their jurisdictions. The federal government of India had signed the FA with main Naga rebel group NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 within the presence of Modi to discover a everlasting resolution.

The settlement got here after greater than 80 rounds of negotiations spanning 18 years, with the primary breakthrough made in 1997 when the ceasefire settlement was sealed after a long time of insurgency in Nagaland which began quickly after India’s independence in 1947. Nonetheless, the talks with the NSCN-IM are presently going nowhere because the group has been insisting for a separate Naga flag and Structure, a requirement rejected by the central authorities.

Individually, the federal government can also be holding peace parleys with splinter teams of the NSCN after getting into into ceasefire agreements. The teams which have entered into ceasefire agreements are: NSCN-NK, NSCN-R, NSCN Okay-Khango and NSCN (Okay) Niki.

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