Three Naga Rebel Groups Ready for Talks with Centre

Published: 11th September 2015 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th September 2015 05:49 AM   |  A+A-

GUWAHATI:Describing the August 3 “framework agreement”, signed by the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) and the Centre as a “stage-managed activity”, three Naga insurgent groups have expressed willingness to sit across the table to find a solution to the seven-decade-old Naga political problem.

The Khole-Kitovi faction of NSCN (NSCN-KK), Naga National Council (NNC) and Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) said the Nagas expected the Centre-NSCN(IM) accord to “set a positive tone for a more rational political discussion on a wide Naga spectrum for a final political solution, acceptable to the Nagas. Yet, after only one month, it is turning out to be more a stage-managed activity under the carpet with gross inconsistencies by the signatories. This is destroying the very purpose of the accord”.

“In the interest of the future Naga generations, we do hereby endorse and sign this joint statement that in the event of the Government of India expressing its desire to officially invite any of the signatories for finding an acceptable political solution to the Indo-Naga issue, we, despite our ideological differences, would consult our people and extend unconditional support to one another,” the outfits said in a statement signed jointly.

They made it known to the Centre that the Nagas would not accept any accord signed without their consent.

Earlier, the NSCN(KK) had conveyed to the Centre that a solution to the Naga political issue would not emerge through a photo session with the leadership of a group without assessing the pulse on the ground. The outfit was miffed that the Centre and the NSCN-IM had not addressed the core issue, which is political.

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