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Solution to Naga issue through Framework Agreement alone: NSCN (I-M)
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 DIMAPUR, Sept 11 - The NSCN (I-M) reiterated its appeal to the Naga people to exercise patience and allow the Naga talks team to secure “our historical and political rights”.

 According to the outfit, an honourable, acceptable and early solution that is inclusive, can only be achieved through the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015. It said the “competencies” of the agreement are on the verge of completion.

A statement issued by the convener of the steering committee of the NSCN, Hutovi Chishi, clarified that the Framework Agreement was not published in public domain right after its signing as competencies were yet to be worked out. At the same time, the contents needed safeguarding before the completion of the competencies that will determine the new relationship between India and the Nagas, the statement added.

The NSCN said that some of the competencies are still under hectic negotiation. Any agreement signed under the Indian Constitution can be openly published like others do, but the Framework Agreement and the competencies being worked out with “outside-the-box” solution need caution till their completion, it maintained.

The NSCN (I-M) said as the Indo-Naga political talks have reached a critical stage, it has drawn nationwide attention like never before. It maintained that the Naga solution cannot be brought about at the cost of compromising “our historical and political rights”.

The outfit said the historic Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015, brought about by the recognition of the unique Naga history and situation is no mean achievement for the Naga people. It said by signing the Framework Agreement under the direct supervision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of India has officially acknowledged the “historical reality” on the basis of which a permanent solution can be arrived at.

The NSCN quoted the agreement which says, “inclusive peaceful coexistence of the two entities sharing sovereign power”. By “inclusive”, it means all Nagas and their territories in different administrative units and political camps are to be included in the agreement and the coexistence of the two entities means that the Nagas and the Union of India will coexist.

Meanwhile, according to reports, Centre’s interlocutor for the Naga talks, RN Ravi, who is also the Nagaland Governor, and the working committee of the Naga National Political Groups on Thursday decided to reveal the competencies – all crucial matters discussed during the ongoing negotiations – to the people before inking the final agreement.

They took the decision at a closed-door meeting at the Chumukedima police complex. Reports said the negotiating parties felt that it was an “appropriate time” for the competencies to be shared with the people.

“Now that the process is at its final stage, the two negotiating parties feel that it is imperative that the competencies are shared with the people since they are the primary stakeholders of the Naga issue,” the reports said.

The Centre is holding separate talks with the NSCN (I-M) and the working committee of the NNPGs to hammer out a solution to the Naga issue. It also made it clear that there would be only one agreement to resolve the issue.

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