The Nagas and India must foster the spirit of partnership in its genuine sense, says NPMHR Credit: Representational image

Imphal: The Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) on Saturday said that the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks should be held on the principle of ‘one agreement’ to avoid such violence occurred in the past.

NPMHR in a statement observed that the symptoms of such bitter history of bloodshed and corruption are already evident and prevalent as per the present trend.

Human rights are universal. And any solution that may emerge from the ongoing negotiations should be honourable and acceptable for both the Nagas and India, it said.

For over 23 years, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) and the Government of India has been on negotiations for an inclusive, honourable and long lasting Naga peace agreement. Despite over 100 rounds of negotiations but no substantial result has come out of such talks till date apart from the Framework Agreement signed in 2015.

The 2015 Framework Agreement which signed based on the unique history of the Naga people couldn’t see much development further with the Naga group firmly demanded for the national Naga flag and constitution (Yehzabo) while the Center remained adamant to give in.

India emerging as a key actor in the global theatre has its own policy compunctions. And the Nagas and India must foster the spirit of partnership in its genuine sense, said NPMHR in a statement.

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Nagas must contribute and not hinder the progress that India has achieved in this regard, it added.

“We observe that the current negotiations are taking place under arbitrary conditions of AFSPA with a huge presence of Indian army and military confrontation and siege occurring at regular intervals,” said the Human Rights body.

The period of ceasefire is being used and misused to advance military and intelligence web of India in the Naga territory both in India and Myanmar, maintained NPMHR.

According to NPMHR, the recent diplomatic and military engagement with Myanmar cannot be a coincidence and the raids, arrests and harassment of the members of the Naga political groups and their family cannot be seen in isolation from the larger political landscape of the negotiations.

The contradiction and confusion by employing parallel negotiation by India must be understood from its past attempts and experiments, partly achieved through the accords and creation of 371(A), it said.

NPMHR also urged the various negotiators and stakeholders to recognize that both the entities owe each other as human beings while adding that the Nagas are a people with the right to self-determination and the right to an undivided homeland.

Calling out for a unity amongst the Naga community, NPMHR further said that all Nagas must understand the importance of recognizing each other as rights-holders. And this means that our claim to these inalienable rights must ensure that the disempowered are given equal access to these universal rights, it added.

Exclusion is the result of disregarding this caveat and we must be cognizant of this when various representatives claim to speak on behalf of the Naga people. We urge the representatives to bear this weight, it said.

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