We’re pained to see the Indo-Naga political issue, with 22 years of dialogue, heading towards a deadlock, says a press statement released by Naga People’s Front
Kohima: Naga People’s Front (NPF), the main Opposition party in the state, on Wednesday, said that a consultative meeting was held on Tuesday at the Central Office in Kohima where it discussed about the present political scenario.
A press statement from the party’s drafting committee said that “in the midst of hope and fear doing the rounds”, it wishes “to make its stand clear in a simple way on the matter”.
“The NPF always stands for an honourable, inclusive and acceptable solution to the protracted Indo-Naga political issue,” the party said. It reminded that the party welcomed the signing of the ‘Framework Agreement’ of August 3, 2015 between the Central government and NSCM (I-M) followed by the joining of the seven NNPGs in the peace process in late 2017.
The statement said: “The NPF is pained to see the Indo-Naga political issue having 22 years of dialogue heading to a deadlock with the NSCN-IM and Mr RN Ravi, the GOI Interlocutor who now is the Governor of Nagaland, maintaining their respective stands accusing one another through media, hinting possible deadlock.”
“We do not believe that government of India will sign another 16-point memorandum types of agreement. Because in that, the government of India signed the agreement with the go-between group leaving behind the main contenders for whom the agreement was proposed. Therefore, the said agreement failed to bring peace but more divisions. The same tragedy should never be repeated. Naga people want real peace after an agreement is signed,” it said.
It suggested that to have a “meaningful solution...mutual trust between the main players is the only answer. The GOI should not serve any sort of ultimatum to solve the Naga political issue rather it should handle it with all care and seriousness. Appropriate timing for a peaceful solution should guide the ongoing peace process keeping space for concession to some extent, if found necessary”, it said.
The party reiterated its stand that while it is “not aware of the ruling PDA’s role in this crucial stage of the Indo-Naga political issue”, it is committed “to continue to play facilitator role”.
“Another mistake will be very costly not only for one faction or group but for every one involving in the process,” it said.
The said meeting was attended by members of the legislature wing, the core committee, senior leaders and frontal wings’ leaders.