NSCN (I-M) ato kilonser Th. Muivah has affirmed that there was no question of giving up Naga sovereignty and integration issue.
Maintaining that NSCN (I-M) would never give up both issues, he said there were “some people” who were trying to create situations in a very “treacherous” manner by spreading “meaningless propagandas”.
Addressing hundreds of Nagas from Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar (Burma), who joined the celebration of 69th “Naga Independence” Friday at NSCN (I-M)’s council headquarters, Hebron, Th. Muivah assured the Nagas that the talk was inclusive of “our sovereign right and integration”. No force could stop the Nagas from exercising their rights, he added.
During several rounds of talks between government of India and NSCN (I-M), Muivah said the group had categorically pointed out that Nagas have been kept divided by the external forces and not by Nagas themselves and that they (Nagas) have every right to be integrated into one.
“Nagas have every right to be one, to live as one under our own administration, this right can never be questioned by anyone…we are standing for integration at any cost, we have to work it out” said Muivah.
Time and again, Muivah said NSCN (I-M) have told government of India that whenever any problem arise between Nagas and the “neighbouring people”, government of India attempt to “please others” at the expense of the Nagas, which, he said was an “insult” to the Nagas.
Muivah said NSCN (I-M) have been maintaining that without integration there would be no solution whatsoever and that if government of India wanted to solve Naga issue it should honour integration of the Nagas.
After many rounds of talks, he said government of India also understood the “unique history and unique situation” of the Nagas and agreed to find out a way to “work out” for integration as there were “some practical difficulties”.
Stating that Nagas today want to understand their neighbours and respect their rights, he said likewise the neighbours should also respect the rights of the Nagas as it was the “only way to understand each other”.
On sovereignty, Muivah said that Nagas would never give up their sovereign rights and would not choose to be under the Indians by ignoring their history.
He said Nagas and India have come to understand each other and for which they have recently signed a “framework agreement” respecting the wishes of people for sharing the sovereign power as defined in the competencies.
Earlier, in his key note address, Muivah highlighted the political talks and the recently signed Naga Peace Accord. He reiterated that time has come for the Nagas to “come together and understand each other”.
Muivah said if Nagas failed to grab the opportunity this time it would be a loss for the Nagas. He once again called upon other NPGs/ factions to understand each other regardless of the past and work together for a solution for the best of the Nagas. A presidential address of NSCN (I-M) president Isak Chishi Swu was read out by kilo kilonser Rh. Raising.
Earlier, messages were delivered by Naga Hoho vice president, Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisaiton president and short speeches by United Naga Council president, Zeliangrong Baudi NC Hills, Assam president, Arunachal Chief Council, Tirap and Changlang districts, Eastern Naga Students’ Association (Burma) president and founder and advisor GBs Federation, Nagaland T.L.Angami.
The chief guest, Th. Muivah also hosted the Naga national flag which was followed by parade GFTHQ, Naga army. The gathering was also enthralled by Lotha Sentahn cultural troupe, Dimapur with a folkdance, Chakhesang Patriotic folksong by Diphupar and a cultural presentation by Dimasa Bamunpukhuri.
Invocation was said by Rev. Vitovi (CNC), silent prayer in remembrance of martyrs was led by general secretary CNC Rev. Seksim Kasar, vote of thanks by convenor organizing committee V. Horam and benediction by CHQ Church Hebron Pastor Rev. Joseph Ruivah. Nagaland Post