Kohima: Chairman of the NSCN-IM, Q Tuccu, on Monday claimed that the destiny of the Naga political issue lies in the hands of the group.

Speaking on the occasion of the group’s 43rd Raising Day celebration at Camp Hebron, Tuccu said, “Let me make it very loud and clear that Naga’s political destiny is in the hands of NSCN.”

He told the cadres that they should not be “caught napping”, advising them to continue to defend their rights.

“Our historical and political rights are clear before the world. For the legitimate rights we protected, NSCN was successful in getting Nagalim admitted into the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) as a bona-fide member,” he said.

The present situation demands the group to stand strong and committed. He said that the group is being tested again by the Government of India (GoI) using its mighty army to apply “outrageous violence” under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) against innocent Naga civilians.

The December 4 and 5 killings in Mon by security forces, he said, were a painful incident in the history of the Naga political struggle. “We are with the Oting and Konyak people and together we shall fight for justice,” he added.

He said that 24 years ago, the Centre had officially signed the second Indo-Naga
ceasefire with NSCN-IM, the “only legitimate political organization leading the Naga political movement”, and the Indo-Naga political dialogue that followed is still ongoing.

The chairman said that the hyped historic Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 with GoI is directly supervised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the political significance of the agreement is that both parties entered into an agreement to establish a new relationship for peaceful co-existence of the two entities on the basis of shared sovereignty.

“This is the only key to an honorable and acceptable solution for a durable peace. NSCN is totally against economic packages or imposed political packages as these are far from giving the Nagas the lasting solution. We put on record to reiterate our stand that the Nagas will abide by the principles of the Framework Agreement. There is no other way and we shall remain guarded to stand firm with the Framework Agreement,” he added.

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