Appeal to PM, Sonia on Naga issue

Appeal to PM, Sonia on Naga issue
Dimapur | January 27: The Concerned Naga Senior Citizen (CNSC) has written to the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, making a fervent appeal that the Indian leadership must build up on the trust already reposed by the Nagas who have come to the negotiating table.
“Failure to conclude a negotiated political settlement would show an intentional lack of seriousness and political wisdom of the leadership in India,” stated the appeal issued by the CNSC. It was signed by Rev Dr JH Thumra, former Principal Eastern Theological College; TA Ngullie, former Minister, Nagaland Government; M. Tuizar, IAS Rtd; Bendangangshi, former MLA and M. Apam, Researcher.
“It would be total imprudence to drive away the Nagas from the negotiating table,” the CNSC cautioned. While pointing out that “we must walk the extra mile” if an amicable political solution is to be concluded. “India will certainly have the honour of receiving the respect of the Naga people”, the CNSC stated.
The CNSC also stated that India must without further delay initiate steps to gain the trust of the Nagas by correcting the ‘historical wrongs’ against the Nagas. As an instance, the CNSC mentioned the integration of Naga areas that were divided by British India. The historical response from the Government of India lacked statesmanship and had instead given a free rein to its own agencies that don’t have the interest of lasting peace for India nor for the Nagas, the letter stated.
In a separate Annexure, the CNSC informed the Prime Minister about the response from the Government of India to the Naga issue. This included the unilateral decision not to uphold the Nine Point Agreement signed between NNC and the Governor of Assam Sir Akbar Hydari in June 1947. The other commission according to the CNSC was in 1962 when Nagaland was formed thereby excluding the rest of Naga areas in the state of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh (NEFA) and Manipur.
Further while highlighting the first ceasefire in September 1964 and the political negotiation reaching the Prime Minister-level, the response was the unilateral abrogation of ceasefire by the GoI in 1968, according to the CNSC. In 1972 a ban was imposed on the NNC and the FGN by a government gazette notification on September 1. Likewise Nagaland was transferred from the Ministry of External Affairs to the Home Ministry.
The CNSC also highlighted to the Prime Minister the 1975 Shillong Accord and thereafter including the second ceasefire from August 1 1997 onwards. The CNSC also mentioned the July 11, 2002 “Amsterdam Joint Communiqué” between the GoI and the NSCN where the former recognized the unique history and situation of the Nagas.
The letter mentioned the backtracking from the three agreed conditions of talks. The CNSC alleged that false charges were framed against the go-between chosen by the GoI of hijacking a plane. The charge was proved false and dropped totally. Further the unilateral backtracking of the June 14, 2001 Bangkok Agreement on “ceasefire without territorial limits” was also pointed out by the CNSC besides “politicizing the unification of Nagas that has been divided by the GoI.”

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