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No enmity with neighbours: Muivah
That the decades-old Naga issue could not be put down by military means has been realized by the Union government and it resulted in the Naga Peace Accord which was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on August 3, NSCN (IM) Ato Kilonser Thuingaleng Muivah told a huge gathering at his reception here on Wednesday.
Muivah said the framework of the peace accord was based on three points of agreements but did not reveal details of the accord. He expressed belief that a final solution would soon see light of the day. The Naga leader, however, said the accord will not bring enmity with the neighbouring states but better understanding with them.
According to Muivah, the three points of framework for the accord are, India respecting Naga’s history, understanding each other and New Delhi agreeing to share power on the Naga sovereignty. The Ato Kilonser warned that if there is any breach of trust by the Centre, the NSCN (IM) would not continue with the talks.
Earlier, the NSCN (IM) leader who has been assigned as the ‘Indo-Naga’ Political Negotiator was given a warm welcome at the Dimapur airport. He visited the group’s camp to take part in the ‘Independence Day’ celebration on August 14. It is believed that he will reveal more details during the celebration function.
Briefing the history of the 18-year-long peace talks with the Centre, Muivah said as New Delhi realized that there can be no military solution to the Naga issue, it initiated talks with the NSCN (IM). The Nagas did not make any demand to initiate the talks and Nagas, who have their own history, had said if their culture and history are respected, they will return 10 times more to India, he said.
“After a bit of lull, India showed its willingness to respect the Nagas, their unique history and culture, following which the peace talks started,” Muivah told the gathering. He said during armed revolution period, the Nagas may have committed mistakes, but when the talks started nearly two decades ago, “we have not committed any mistakes or done any wrong”.
Asserting that any issue should have a logical conclusion, he said the accord is in this direction. With India committed to protect the rights of Nagas, the community in turn should understand the difficulties of New Delhi. He contended that cent per cent demands of the Nagas could not be fulfilled by India and hence to have a better understanding of the issue, the framework was signed, Muivah said.
As the framework includes power sharing on sovereignty, both New Delhi and Nagas have now reached a level of deep understanding and will bring about a lasting peace, he asserted.
“The only fear,” Muivah said, “is misunderstanding among ourselves and we should work hard to prevent any misconceptions. The Nagas should now decide their own fate now. We should forget the past and take the path which is in our best interest. Unless we understand our own problems, nobody will and none will come to resolve them”.
Assuaging fears of neighbouring states, the NSCN (IM) leader said the Nagas have to live for all time to come as good friends. Non-Nagas from Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh should try and understand the Naga issue and only then, a good relationship and a peaceful environment could be maintained, he said.
“Now, the dream of NNC leaders that Nagas should decide their own fate and Nagaland for Christ is within reach,” Muivah said, adding that he had come to Hebron to seek Naga people’s consent “and as long as God is with us, Nagas will not taste defeat. Nagas should never go against peace and if we do so, it would be our last moment. We should sit together to bring about the best way possible to achieve this objective”.
Naga Hoho president P Chuba Ozukum also addressed the gathering and Naga Students’ Federation president Subenthung Kithan gave the welcome note during the function. NPF legislators from Manipur and Nagaland, UNC president Gaidon Kamei and other Naga leaders were also present on the occasion.