‘Framework Agreement will protect Naga rights’

May 13, 2017

*81 senior NSCN (IM) members from Nagaland State issue statement supporting Framework Agreement

DIMAPUR, MAY 12 (MExN): Eighty one senior members of the NSCN (IM) from Nagaland State today issued a joint statement assuring that the Framework Agreement “does not betray the principle of the Nagas;” and “it will protect the right of the Nagas and guarantee the security of India as well.”

The statement, appended by 24 Steering Executive Members and 57 Kilonsers, said that the agreement will promote and strengthen harmonious interdependent relationship of the two nations. “We are confident that it will open a great opportunity for the Nagas to develop themselves into their fullest size – materially, intellectually, spiritually and socially,” it added.

The Framework Agreement, it said, “has turned the politics of confrontation and opposition into the politics of dialogue and cooperation; it has turned our enemies into our friends; it has turned repressing of our right into respect of our right; it has turned suppression of our right into recognition of our right; it has turned the threat of our future into protection of our future.”

This agreement, the statement claimed, would “heal the scars of war and the wounds of oppression and persecution imprinted in the body and mind of the Nagas.” “It will rebuild the damaged psychology and broken relationship of the two people. It will be a strong bridge between the Nagas and the Indians for generations. It will provide an ample opportunity to the two peoples to building a highway of peace and progress in the region in particular and South East Asia in general.”

The joint statement however also pointed out that “communal and factional cards” are being played by the “agencies of GoI, which cannot be justified at all when both the parties are looking for genuine solution at the highest level.”

“Entertaining the ill-opinions of anti-peace process elements is another sign of insincerity or double-standard. However, the Naga people hope and trust that GoI and NSCN will overcome all these hurdles and come to a smooth landing,” it added.

It meanwhile lamented that “there are some people from some quarters who are out there talking of other option.” Reminding that the Nagas have had “bitter experiences of Indian duplicity and imposition of their will upon them in past negotiations,” the statement termed it a “futile exercise for any actors if the propagated option is to be a kind of political arrangement within the parameter of the Indian constitution.”

“Repeated shouting for principle is not enough, it must accompany with the survival strategy and policy for solution,” it said.

There are also other people who are trying to interpret the issue in terms of number, not truth, the statement claimed. “It is a dangerous political hypothesis if the claimed number does not represent the issue. We view the Naga national issue as sacrosanct because everything of the Nagas is in there. It must be defended at all costs and fought out even to the last man,” it asserted.

Meanwhile, the 81 senior NSCN (IM) members reassured neighboring peoples and nations that the “Nagas bear no ill-will towards any of them.” “The Nagas are for a harmonious interdependent relationship with them but on equal footing. Framework Agreement is about the Indo-Naga political issue. It is about the issue of the Nagas and their territories,” they said

The Naga people, it said, are not opposed to their issues. “They are for a peaceful and harmonious relationship with them on the basis of mutual respect and recognition of their respective rights.”

FA about Nagas and territories : NSCN IM

MAY 13, 2017 BY THESANGAIEXPRESS 
DIMAPUR, May 12: In an attempt to clear the air of confusion on the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India on August 3, 2015, top NSCN-IM leaders from the State of Nagaland stated that the Framework Agreement which “embraces all Nagas and their territories is based on the uniqueness of Naga history”.

The NSCN-IM leaders from the State of Nagaland numbering 81 in total issued a joint press statement today saying the Framework Agreement speaks about mutual recognition of sovereign rights of the two people clearly stating that sovereignty of the Nagas lies with the Naga people and the sovereignty of India lies with the Indian people. According to the joint statement, the Framework Agreement also speaks about recognition of the Naga identity and territories.

“But, the authors of the agreement did not stop there. They further took the commendable step in making the wise decision for co-existence and shared-sovereignty of the two entities in order to arrive at an honorable and durable solution. Rest assured that this agreement does not betray the principle of the Nagas; it will protect the right of the Nagas and guarantee the security of India as well; it will promote and strengthen harmonious interdependent relationship of the two Nations. We are confident that it will open a great opportunity for the Nagas to develop themselves into their fullest size – materially, intellectually, spiritually and socially,” said the joint statement of the NSCN-IM leaders from the State of Nagaland.

It said that history will speak of the fact that the Nagas are a sovereign independent people from time immemorial. “Of course, in the early part of the nineteenth century, the British imperialist forces occupied a part of Nagalim after 48 years long bloody confrontations with the Nagas,” it added. However, the rest part remained free from any alien power, which was called ‘Free Nagas’. It is also a fact that the Nagas from the British occupied areas declared their independence on August 14, 1947 a day ahead of India and united with the ‘Free Nagas.’ The principle of ‘free Nagas’ is the foundation of Naga politics and their unique history. The plebiscite conducted in 1951 was a reaffirmation of the stand of the Naga People on their National principle, the joint statement also said.

“Ours is a case of invasion and that it is a resistance movement against the aggressor States of India and Myanmar in defence of our National principle. Our negotiation with the Government of India (GoI) is principle-based. So obviously, solution to the problem will also be principle-based,” the statement said.

“We reassure our neighboring peoples and Nations that the Nagas bear no ill-will towards any of them. The Nagas are for a harmonious interdependent relationship with them but on equal footing. Framework Agreement is about the Indo-Naga political issue. It is about the issue of the Nagas and their territories,” the statement also said.
According to the joint statement, the Naga people are not opposed to their issues. It added that they are for a peaceful and harmonious relationship with them on the basis of mutual respect and recognition of their respective rights.

Source : http://www.thesangaiexpress.com/fa-nagas-territories-nscn-im/

NSCN agrees to ‘shared sovereignty’

TNN | Updated: May 10, 2017, 03.26AM IST

HIGHLIGHTS

In 2015, the NSCN (I-M) and the Centre signed a ‘framework agreement’ in the presence of PM Modi for a final settlementThis development comes after 37 years of armed struggle and 20 years of negotiations

GUWAHATI: The National Socialist Council of Nagaland, Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM), after 37 years of armed struggle and 20 years of negotiations, has finally settled for ‘co-existing together with shared sovereignty’ — a new experiment that a federal India with strong unitary features will embark on with the signing of apeace agreement soon. In a statement, a spokesperson of NSCN (I-M) said, “As of now, the Nagas have agreed to co-exist together under shared sovereignty. The ongoing Indo-Naga political talks are progressing smoothly. The framework agreement, which will ensure peaceful coexistence between the Nagas and India with shared sovereignty, will surely usher in peace and a brighter political era for the Nagas.”
In August, 2015, the NSCN (I-M) and the Centre signed a ‘framework agreement’ in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a final settlement. Though the exact meaning of shared sovereignty hasn’t been divulged yet, sources hinted at the possibility of Nagas getting a separate constitution, flag, parliament and judiciary. The spokesperson added that the government, in the ‘framework agreement’ has recognized the Nagas’ sovereignty and has also accepted that the Nagas are unique people with a separate entity and sovereign rights. “India has recognized the uniqueness of Naga history and culture.

The Nagas were independent before the arrival of the British. Only a part of Nagalim was conquered by the British. There is no merger agreement between the Nagas and India. India invaded Nagalim and set up arbitrary boundaries ” the spokesperson further said.

Pangsha Range Council slam construction of trench along Intl border

Pangsha Range Council (PRC) under Tuensang district has expressed strong condemnation against destruction of environment by the “felonious act” of both the governments of India and Myanmar of construction the ongoing trench at the International Trade Centre (ITS, Dan) that seeks to divide the same Khiamniungan Nagas who find themselves on both sides of the international border.
PRC pointed out that the construction of the trench dividing Khiamniungans was being done by cutting of forests belonging to the indigenous people besides destroying the water pipeline connection in addition to “merciless act towards the people of Wolam(Pangsha).
While condemning the Indian and Myanmar governments for the inhuman act, the PRC reiterated its belief in peaceful environment and freedom without separation of the tribe by the trench.
PRC said Khiamniungans have always lived as one community but after British colonialism, an imaginary line was drawn between India and Myanmar where blood relations found themselves separated by the trench.
In conclusion, PRC has reiterated that the community will not be divided by the imaginary line and would not have any biased feelings just because of the “egoistic motive” of those involved in construction of the dividing trench.

Naga Soldier

I shun my home, my family, my love.
To serve my Mother is a soldiers’ sacrifice.
To brave and lead towards the foe!
Some will die for Mother’s freedom sake.

Duty to serve, duty to risk,
To run the gauntlet, I gave my life for country.
My blood I paid as ransom of my country’s freedom,
The ultimate cost for freedom’s sake.

Families pride though little solace.
I Sacrificed… Myself for country sake.
Near and dears ones I know not,
Their hearts are torn, grief for me.

The jungles are my home, trees my friends.
The songs of birds reminds me of my youths,
The rivers play me some melancholy music.
As I lay down on the rock, my eye moistened.

Sacrifice for thee my Mother, my Pride,
Though I bear the solemn grief, with pride I wear.
Let my countrymen curve my name on my grave stone,
That my children with tears will bear a pride.

Dedicated to my True Naga Soldier

With Love, Kendy Pamei

No giving up on sovereignty, integration: Muivah

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

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.