NSCN-IM, Indian government to sign Naga peace deal

Kohima, Nov 7 The National Socialist Council of Nagalim-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) on Thursday revealed that the separatist outfit and the Indian government had mutually agreed to go for final touch on the agreed competencies for conclusion of the Naga talks.

Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi on Thursday urged the ethnic Naga communities to come together in the spirit of forgive and forget and make new beginning towards unity, prosperity, development and brotherhood.

“Nagas were at the cusp of history as a new dawn has begun for a new era of peace, unity and prosperity,” Ravi said addressing the Tokhu Emong Mini Hornbill at Wokha in central part of Nagaland.

The NSCN-IM, which had several rounds of negotiations with the Indian government after signing a ceasefire pact in August 1997, said that it has taken into account the commitment and assurance of the government to resolve the issues of Naga national flag and constitution at the earliest.

“Now therefore, when the Government of India is prepared to make the final agreement with the NSCN on the basis of the Framework Agreement, all Nagas should also be equally prepared,” the NSCN-IM said.

This is the first official statement of the outfit after the last round of formal talks with the government’s interlocutor R.N.Ravi in New Delhi on October 31.

The NSCN-IM, with open heart, appealed and invited “all our brothers and sisters in different groups” to get on board the bus of Framework Agreement and be a part of the final solution in the greater interests of the people and peace and progress in the land.

“We reiterate our stand that we have forgiven the past mistakes of our brothers and sisters in different camps and that they should also forgive our past mistakes. Let this message of peace and unity among the Nagas be acceptable to all the Nagas, far and near. Unity for the historic tasks ahead is indispensable.”

“Now is the time for the Nagas to unite so that together we move forward to the new era; together we build a land of milk and honey and together we build a people that trust in the Lord,” the NSCN-IM statement said.

Noting that the Indian government and the NSCN-IMA embarked upon political negotiations in 1997, the statement said, “After series of intensive negotiations, the two parties had ultimately signed the historic Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 based on the recognized unique history of the Nagas.”

It also said that both the “Indian Army Generals and political leaders finally admitted that the Indo-Naga problem is political, not military”.

avi, who is also the Indian government’s interlocutor for the ongoing talks with various Naga insurgent groups, including the National Socialist Council of Nagalim-(NSCN-IM), had said discussions to finalise the Naga accord continue and the NSCN-IM had come on board.

In fact, the breakthrough with the NSCN-IM, one of the most influential rebel groups in the region, is significant as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set October 31 as the deadline to wrap up the talks and ink the peace pact.

Ravi also on all the warring Naga faction to overcome the bitterness and bad memories of the past and to come together in the spirit of forgive and forget and make new beginning towards unity, prosperity, development and brotherhood.

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who was addressing the 19th Biennial General Conference of ANCSU (All Nagaland College Student’s Union) held in Zunheboto district, called on all Naga tribes communities to come together to take solution with positivity and build our future.

“We are fortunate that the Naga political issue has concluded on 31st October on a positive note. This is the time to unite. Everybody has to unite, to come together to take solution with positivity and build our future. And this will mostly depend on our youth, on our students,” Rio said.

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