Speech of the Yaruiwo on the 69th Independence Day

PRAISE THE LORD!                             PRAISE THE LORD!                           PRAISE THE LORD!

My beloved people, I thank the Almighty God for giving me this opportunity once again to greet you all on this historic day. I also thank all of you for your unwavering support and unceasing prayers for the cause in all weathers. History will ever speak of how our people stood their ground even during the worst kind of situation in our struggle for national future.

I pay homage to all the martyrs who had given their supreme sacrifices for the nation. I assure you that their sacrifices will never go in vain. Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim will never forget those war orphans and widows. I salute all the national workers for their undaunted spirit at all times of national trials and ordeals in upholding and defending the rights of the Naga people. I urge upon each one of you to stand together to building our land for the future generations deserve a better world where they can live with pride and dignity.

My dear countrymen, after nearly two decades of enduring and sustained negotiations with the Government of India (GoI) we have now come to a concrete “Framework Agreement” which was signed on August 3, 2015.

I strongly reiterate that the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) is firmly committed to bring about a lasting and an honorable political solution based on the ‘unique history and situation of the Nagas,’ and also the universal principle that sovereignty is vested in the people, not the government. Therefore, I want to inform our people that the “Framework Agreement” is the foundation upon which an honorable solution that will be acceptable to both India and the Nagas will be built.

The ceremony of signing the ‘framework agreement’ at 7 Race Course Road at New Delhi was done in the presence of the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, RN. Ravi, Interlocutor to the GoI, Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag, and other dignitaries of the GoI. The Naga delegation was led by our Ato Kilonser, Mr. Th. Muivah, the Chief Negotiator of NSCN and other senior members of the organization including the members of Collective Leadership.

We appreciate the statesmanship of Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi for his wisdom and courage to understand and recognize the Naga issue as a political. We are also thankful to the former Indian Prime Ministers who all had played exceptionally positive roles to strengthening the peace process by removing obstacles. The Naga people respect the former Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narashimha Rao who had the courage to officially state that the Naga issue is political, which calls for political solution. It was he who laid the foundation of political talks on the three agreed terms:-1. Talks at Prime Ministerial level 2. Talks without condition and 3. Talks in third countries. Mr. HD. Deve Gowda, the then Prime Minister, carried the initiative forward unreservedly and eventually, it was during the tenure of Mr. IK. Gujral that the cease-fire agreement between the GoI and the NSCN was declared in the Indian Parliament.

We give our honor to Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India for taking the bold historic step in recognizing the “unique history and situation of the Nagas.” We are also thankful to former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh under whose leadership the GoI tabled the “Non-Paper proposal.” We give our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the above-mentioned Indian leaders for their political acumen and courage in their strife to bring about an honorable solution to the Indo-Naga problem.

The eighteen years long negotiations with the GoI is one of the longest in the world history. The negotiations have not been an easy task. There are several reasons, which prolonged the process, but the Nagas have been very patient and determined. Therefore, we could have come this far. I assure the Naga people that the peace agreement that is to be finalized in its entirety will lead to a permanent political settlement, which will entail in an enduring peaceful co-existence of the two entities.

It is our commitment to take everyone on board who support, respect and uphold the historical and political rights of the Naga people. We are open for any opinions and views that will strengthen the Naga family. Many new challenges lay ahead of us that will threaten our very existence. We assure you that any elements, within and without, that tend to destroy the Naga nation shall be contained at any cost. I fervently appeal to all Nagas wherever they are to continue to march together to the last. I also appeal to our brothers and sisters in other camp to join the Naga national political line and work together to building our nation.

Dear countrymen, today we have laid the foundation for the best possible solution to our issue. We have not surrendered our rights to anyone. We believe our future is secured in our own hand. The dissenting voices are all anticipated but we cannot afford to miss the good opportunity because it will be very costly for us. Nagas today are matured enough to discern who is who and what is what. Young generation should not hesitate to voice out their concern for the future at this crucial juncture of our history. And we, on our part, will continue to negotiate with the GoI upholding the historical and political rights of the Nagas.

I, on behalf of NSCN and Naga people would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the civil societies – Naga Hoho, ENPO, United Naga Council, FNR, Naga Mothers Association, Naga Women Union, Naga Students Federation, All Naga Students Association, Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights, All the Naga Tribal Hohos and GB’S Associations, Concerned Naga Senior Citizens Forum, Intellectuals Forums, and others for their untiring and consistent support for the cause. I also thank all the people and communities in Nagalim including the Nepalis, Gorkhas, Dimasas, Kacharis, Meiteis, Kukis, Paites, Mizo, Zhou, Gangte, Zomi, Hmars, Garos and business communities for their constant support and contributions to the Indo-Naga peace process. My gratitude also goes to the people of India and some civil societies who have lent their support to the peace process.

We are also indebted to the UN Human Rights bodies, UNPO, KREDDA, Forum for Asia, KWIA, PNSD, NISC, European Alliance, Society for Threatened People, International Alliance of the Indigenous –Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forest, AIPP and many others who extended their kind support to the Indo-Naga peace process. My deepest gratitude to all those peoples and nations who understood the cause of the Nagas and extended their moral support to it.

Finally, I assure our Naga people that NSCN shall give their best efforts to conclude the August 3, 2015 “Framework Agreement” in a most honorable way acceptable to both India and the Nagas.

 

Kuknalim.

Isak Chishi Swu

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