Naga peace Accord: India is not our threat, says NSCN-IM Chief

New Delhi, Aug 14: The complete details of the Naga peace accord may not still be clear, but leader of the NSCN (IM) Thuingaleng Muivah has indicated that it is an honourable solution accepting the wishes of the people to share sovereign powers. He however maintains that the people of Nagaland should not expect a 100 per cent as yet as the accord paves the way for discussions. Sharing of sovereign powers: The exact wordings in the framework agreement reached between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India reads, “Accordingly both parties have reached an agreement on August 3, 2015 as an honourable solution accepting the wishes of people for sharing the sovereign powers.”

Muivah maintains that this would broadly mean that both sides will respect each other and the wish of the people to share sovereign powers. It is an understanding that we have reached with the government of India, he says while also adding that framework agreement provides for an inclusive and new relationship of peaceful co-existence. The Nagas must understand it is difficult for the government of India to accept all the demands and we need to understand the difficulties of the Indian government as well. Give and take policy: The NSCN (IM) also spelt out that it is not possible for to expect a 100 per cent out of the framework agreement immediately. It has the set in motion a negotiation process and gradually everything will fall in place.

 

We have understood the difficulties of the Indian government and they ours, the NSCN (IM) chief says. It is a give and take policy and both sides will negotiate. If the government of India has taken a positive approach to the situation then it is our duty to do the same, the leaders also said. Both have decided to work out a solution. Both sides cannot turn their backs on each other now. The negotiations will be carried out with utmost care and all contentious issues will be removed. We cannot afford to go wrong on this as it would hurt us, Muivah also said. Bringing the neighbours on board: The NSCN (IM) chief admitted that brigning the neighbours onboard was crucial.

There are issues that are persistent with the neighbours in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. We need to seek out peace with all them through mutual understanding. There is no point in dealing with this situation by means of confrontation. We need to have a peaceful approach and also make our neighbours understand our point of view. He also reiterated that the threat to the Naga people were not the Indians. It is the will of God that we must follow, the leader also said.

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