In a statement the NSCN-IM said, “Opportunists, deserters, opponents and detractors who have never fought for the cause have now started claiming their shares when solution is around. They are claiming the harvest they have not laboured for. But the questions are – where were they when the faithful soldiers of the cause were fighting against the aggressors in the east, in the west, in the north and the south? Where were they when revolutionary patriots were horribly suffering persecutions in the cruel hands of the enemies? Where were they when national leaders were doing the works of mobilization in the international political arena? Where were they when NSCN entered into a cease-fire agreement with the government of India?
NSCN-IM added that NSCN represents the Naga people including village chiefs, civil societies/organizations, political parties and the Churches whereas Government of India represents India including its states. “No one should doubt that Framework Agreement is the meeting point for the Nagas and the Indians. The Nagas and the Indians are inseparably inter related in many fields. We must learn to co-exist for mutual benefits. The Nagas will not merge into the Union of India, but they will co-exist with the Union of India as two entities. Nagas are a recognized entity. Nagas do not accept Indian constitution, but Nagas and Indians will share sovereign powers based on competencies.”