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NSCN-IM claims MHA ordered operations against him, says his “patience” should not be treated as “weakness” | India News

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NEW DELHI: The NSCN-IM on Tuesday accused the Center of being “insincere” in finding a permanent solution to the problem of the seven-decade Naga insurgency and said the team’s patience should not be seen as its weakness, as its “consequences could be disastrous. “for both sides.
The insurgent group Naga also claimed that the Interior Ministry (MHA) has issued a directive to Assam Rifles (AR) to intensify operations against its cadres in a “severe blow” to the group.
In a statement, the NSCN-IM said that the Naga people’s “sincere approach” and the pursuit of permanent peace have been promoted time and again to suit India’s “colonial policy of divide and rule” and is reflected in ongoing peace talks between the group and the central government.
The NSCN-IM said that the signing of the Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015, to find a permanent solution, is a living document to lead the central government and the group to the final solution.
He said the Naga have come so far in search of a peaceful solution and that what really matters now is the political will that the central government must exert to push through the final agreement, he said.
“But the government of India continues to waver. This is a sign of weakness and insincerity,” he claimed.
There have been reports that the dialogue between the NSCN-IM and representatives of the Center is not moving forward, as the team has got bogged down with its demand for a separate flag and Constitution for Nagaland, which was rejected by the Center.
Referring to the alleged MHA directive on the Assam rifles, the NSCN-IM said that the political issue of the Naga cannot be undermined in such a way as to contradict the “well-established historical and political rights” of the Naga people scattered throughout Nagaland. , Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar.
“The political right of the Naga people is no longer an issue that requires review,” he said.
The Naga group said the framework agreement is a symbol of its olive branch for the government and the desire to live in peace.
“However, this has not been reciprocated with the correct political steps,” he said.
The NSCN-IM called on the central government to handle the situation with “great sensitivity and not instigate the Indian security forces and other security agencies to go crazy.”
“In such a situation, NSCN members cannot afford to be easy ducks. Our patience must not be translated as weak and powerless. The consequences will therefore be disastrous for both parties. This never pays off the ceasefire in Zones. Naga, “it said.
The framework agreement, which was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came after more than 80 rounds of negotiations spanning 18 years, with the first breakthrough made in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency in Nagaland that began soon after. Independence of India in 1947.

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