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Naga pact should not affect Arunachal: AAPSU

 ITANAGAR, Oct 29 - Amid efforts to finalise the Naga peace deal, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has categorically stated that the proposed agreement to resolve the decades-old Naga problem should not affect Arunachal Pradesh and its people in any way.

The AAPSU, which is the apex students’ body of Arunachal Pradesh, has opposed any attempts to change the territorial jurisdiction of the State or any kind of administrative intervention while reaching the final solution to the seven-decade-old insurgency problem in Nagaland.

The union also demanded that the State Government, all 60 legislators of the Assembly, the three Arunachal MPs – two of the Lok Sabha and one member of the Rajya Sabha – and the political parties should make their stand clear on the vexed issue.

“The AAPSU strongly opposes any attempts to change the territorial jurisdiction of the State or any kind of administrative intervention in the State while reaching the final solution,” AAPSU president Hawa Bagang said.

The NSCN-IM’s vision of Nagalim or Greater Nagaland is to bring all Naga-inhabited areas in the North East under one administrative umbrella. The map of Nagalim, released by the NSCN-IM a few years ago, spreads over 1,03,473 sq km beyond the 16,527 sq km area of Nagaland.

It includes the Anjaw, Changlang, Lohit, Longding, Namsai and Tirap districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The NSCN-IM, the major insurgent group in Nagaland, as well as its rival factions, claim that these areas, primarily Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts, are dominated by Nagas. – PTI

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