Sovereignty lies with the people

Morung Express

Dimapur, March 3 : Two days after NSCN/GPRN chairman Isak Chishi Swu assured that he had come to Nagaland to take part in the proposed highest level reconciliation meeting, its general secretary Th. Muivah also spoke on the same line.
“We have come to talk…we are here now, there is no other question,” Muivah told media persons at Dimapur airport after his arrival from Delhi, Thursday afternoon. He said that since the leaders of the Naga political groups including Isak Swu, SS Khaplang and ‘Brig’ (Retd) Singnya have appended their signatures to pursue ‘Reconciliation,” there can be no turning back. “That is why our chairman Isak has come,” he added.

On the latest decision of the rival GPRN/NSCN and FGN/NNC to ‘defer’ the meeting due to reported “military offensive and territorial expansion” of the NSCN/GPRN, Muivah said “Why is it that they have to find pretext? Are they not determined on Reconciliation?” Questioned on the “military offensive” in Eastern Nagaland (under Myanmar), Muivah said there was no ‘rationality in the allegations’. Stating that the rival GPRN/NSCN cadres were moving freely in Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Eastern Nagaland, he asked why the rival groups should question whenever the NSCN/GPRN makes a move.
On the latest peace talks between the Centre and NSCN/GPRN, Muivah disclosed that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also said with “conviction” that “solution must be there and honorable basing on the historical rights of the Naga people.” Asked whether there was likely meeting point in the ongoing peace talks, Muivah hinted that the nature of all negotiations is “give and take.” On demand of “sovereignty,” Muivah said that sovereignty lies with the people. “Sovereignty of India lies with the people of India. Likewise sovereignty of Nagas belongs to the Naga people,” he added.

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