DIMAPUR, AUG 7 (NPN):Stating that its leaders had come to India on the invitation of Prime Ministers of India and several rounds of talks had been successfully held before August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement was signed in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence, NSCN (I-M) has expressed surprise that talks had now been reduced to a mere governor’s level.
In a letter to Modi by its chairman Q Tuccu and general secretary Th Muivah, who is also its chief negotiator, the organisation pointed out that commitment given by successive Prime Ministers to hold talks at the highest level, outside India in a third country and without and any pre-condition had been dishonoured.
Mentioning that both parties had been patiently negotiating for the last 22 years and that it was committed to working out an honourable solution, NSCN (I-M), however, said the recent changes and developments had created confusion and doubt in the mind of “our people” if an honourable political solution could be arrived at.
On behalf of the organisation, Tuccu and Muivah also congratulated Modi on being re-elected as PM. They said they were happy to learn from RN Ravi, the interlocutor, at the formal talks on July 26 that Modi was committed to resolving the Indo-Naga political problem within three months. They, however, added that there were still some core issues like flag and constitution, over which both parties were yet to agree upon. Copies of the letter were also sent to Home minister Amit Shah and Ravi.
All negotiating parties need to unite, says JLF
Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) has called upon all negotiating parties with the Government of India to come together, sit across the negotiating table and rise above all differences and unite for the sake of “our people”.
This was among several resolutions adopted at the meeting of JLF on Naga Political Issue of NLA along with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs held at the NLA conference hall on Wednesday.
“We make this fervent appeal so that the political dialogue is expedited for an early, honourable and acceptable solution,” JLF the resolution stated.
Wholeheartedly welcoming the appointment of RN Ravi as governor of Nagaland, JLF hoped his gubernatorial appointment would further strengthen and expedite the political negotiations and pave way for an early resolution of the protracted Naga political issue.
The forum also resolved to continue playing the role of an active facilitator in the ongoing peace process and continue meeting all stakeholders, including leaders of the Government of India, to create better understanding in order to cultivate a common voice aimed at bringing an early solution.
By another resolution, JLF appealed to all sections of the people, especially tribal hohos and mass-based civil society organisations, to come forward under a spirit of unity and oneness so that all sections work collectively towards creating and maintaining a congenial atmosphere and a conducive environment for implementation of any new political arrangement that could come about from the ongoing negotiations.
Held under the chairmanship of NLA speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu, who is chairman of JLF, the meeting was attended by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, leader of opposition TR Zeliang, Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye, Lok Sabha member Tokheho Yepthomi and deputy chief minister Yanthungo Patton. This was stated in a press release by chief minister’s office.