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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2760

Govt of India should not serve ultimatum to solve Naga issue, rather it should handle with all care and seriousness: NPF

By Oken Jeet Sandham

The main Opposition Party in Nagaland, the Naga People’s Front (NPF) said the Government of India should not serve any sort of ultimatum to solve the Naga political issue rather it should handle with care and seriousness.

It said an “appropriate timing for a peaceful solution should guide the ongoing peace process keeping space for a concession to some extent if found necessary.” This was stated in the Party’s (NPF) Consultative Meeting held here at its Central Office on Wednesday. The Party’s Legislature Wing, the Core Committee, senior leaders and frontal Wing leaders attended the Consultative Meeting.

The NPF said the Naga people wanted the “real peace after an agreement is signed,” and therefore in order to have a meaningful solution to the issue, “mutual trust between the main players is the only answer.”

The Party also expressed serious concern on the present political scenario following the NSCN (IM) and the Interlocutor and the State Governor RN Ravi accusing one another through media hinting a possible deadlock.
Expressing its pain at seeing the “Indo-Naga political issue” heading to a deadlock, the NPF reiterated its stand for an “honorable, inclusive and acceptable solution to the protracted Indo-Naga Political issue.”

Therefore, they welcomed the signing of the ‘Framework Agreement of 3rd August 2015 between the Government of India and NSCM (I-M), stated the Party in a statement. It said the party also welcomed the joining of the seven NNPGs in the peace process towards the later part of 2017.

The NPF also stated that they did not believe that the “Government of India will sign another 16-Point Memorandum types of Agreement.” Because the Government of India signed that agreement (16-Point Agreement) with the go-between group leaving behind the main contenders for whom the agreement was proposed, it reminded. Therefore, the said agreement failed to bring peace but more divisions, it said and warned that the same tragedy should never be repeated.

Stating that the Naga people wanted the “real peace after an agreement is signed,” the NPF made it clear that in order to have a meaningful solution to the issue, “mutual trust between the main players is the only answer.”

Therefore, the Government of India should not serve any sort of ultimatum to solve the Naga political issue rather it should handle with all care and seriousness, the NPF said and explained that an “appropriate timing for a peaceful solution should guide the ongoing peace process keeping space for concession to some extent, if found necessary.”

The Party also said they were not aware of the ruling PDA’s role when the “Indo-Naga political issue” was entering into a crucial stage. For the NPF, they would like to reiterate their “stand and commitment to continue to play facilitator role as we have always been,” the statement added.

- Asian Tribune -

Govt of India should not serve ultimatum to solve Naga issue, rather it should handle with all care and seriousness: NPF
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