Dimapur, March 2 (MExN): The “GPRN/NSCN” today said that the matter of ‘sovereignty’ cannot be negotiated and that unless all the Naga groups are involved, there would be no permanent acceptable solution. It stated that “a time has come to redefine Naga political struggle through common vision and approach.”
The group’s MIP issued a statement saying that the bi-lateral talks between the Indian Government and the NSCN (IM) has been going on for over a decade. More than ever, it stated “the true intent of the so-called political talks is revealing itself.”
According to the “GPRN/NSCN,” the coming of Th. Muivah to Delhi to “resurrect the deadlocked talks will mean very little to even his close associates who have witnessed the wind of change in the socio-political corridors of Nagaland. Unless all the Naga groups are involved, the MIP note said, there would be no permanent acceptable solution.
“Th. Muivah says that sovereignty cannot be negotiated whereas the GOI repeatedly declared that sovereignty and integration will not be discussed as it is not feasible at this juncture. That then, is the true intention of Th. Muivah coming to the Indian capital?” the note queried.
The “GPRN/NSCN” asserted that in the last sixty years it has “never once substituted” ‘sovereignty’ with “integration issue.” Conceding to arrangements such as autonomy or economic packages is unacceptable, the organization said. “That a section of people gave their support to IM to push the sovereignty issue but instead, a thirty two point charter of demand was made to GOI and not an iota of sovereignty issue is found mentioned,” it stated.
The note further said that “Th. Muivah declared that except IM, all other Naga political groups are unmandated and therefore to include them would dilute his achievements. Thirteen years of fruitless political dialogue is never an achievement by any stretch of imagination.” Calling this a ‘problem’ which Th. Muivah “fails to identify” the “GPRN/NSCN” said the “mandate of the Naga people belongs to those who unite the Nagas and pursue political solution.”
The GPRN/NSCN suggested that “Mr. Muivah head back to Nagaland and reassess his so-called mandate and then pursue the Naga political right in commonality and in equal measure with the rest of the Nagas. Then, neither will the GoI drag on the talks for thirteen years nor will the question of who has the Naga people’s mandate shall matter.”