‘Three months’ for solution an ultimatum to Nagas: Muivah
NEWMAI NEWS NETWORK
DIMAPUR, 24th Sep: There is already a huge problem now in the Naga peace process and the ‘three months’ deadline for resolving the issue is an ultimatum served to Nagas by the Government of India, disclosed by NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah.
He said that the fate of Indo-Naga peace talks will depend on how the Government of India responds to the "situation" when both the parties go back to the table next month (October).
In an exclusive interview with Witoubou, editor of Newmai News Network, on Tuesday morning at Camp Hebron, Th Muivah alleged that the term 'inclusive' in the Framework Agreement has been "differently" interpreted by the Government of India. Muivah elucidated that 'inclusive' means inclusive of all Nagas. "However, the Government of India interprets the term 'inclusive' as Nagas to be in the Indian Union even after the settlement of the Indo-Naga political issue", said Muivah.
The NSCN-IM leader also said that NSCN-IM "rejected this interpretation" of the term 'inclusive' by the Government of India. "We will not accept such interpretation whether today or tomorrow," asserted Th Muivah.
The other issues are with regard to flag and constitution. "Flag and constitution are our identity," said the NSCN-IM leader. He further said that without these two things there cannot be solution.
Elaborating that without flag and constitution there cannot be solution, Muivah reasoned by saying, "The history of Nagas is unique. This has also been recognised by the Government of India. And also that, both the parties have agreed that solution must be based on this fact," stated Th Muivah.
"The Government of India openly stated that, yes, the history of Nagas is clear. It is unique," the NSCN-IM leader added. "In the 'agreement,' you (Government of India) have also officially recognised the unique history of Nagas. In the 'agreement', regarding the sovereignty of Nagas, you (Government of India) have also officially agreed," Muivah claimed.
He then said that the Framework Agreement is also about shared sovereignty. "That is all about peaceful co-existence of Nagas and Indians. That also means Indians respect the sovereignty of Nagas and Nagas respect the sovereignty of Indian people". Muivah then added that in democracy sovereignty lies with the people. "The Government of India also said the same thing," further claimed the NSCN-IM leader. "It was the Government of India who said that solution must be sought on the basis of shared sovereignty," stated Th Muivah.
Th Muivah then said that the question of "three-month" to resolve the issue is "ultimatum to Nagas" by the Government of India.
Concluding the interview, Thuingaleng Muivah said, "We find difficulties to trust them (Government of India) now", and added, "We (NSCN and Government of India) came so close but there is already a huge problem now".
With this, for the best or for the worst, the October talks will decide.