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Army seeks clarity on pact, asks MHA what it means

Till the exact nature of the agreement emerges, Northeast states have been advised not to speculate over its details.

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | New Delhi |
August 7, 2015 12:30:18 am
Naga accord, Naga peace pact, NSCN(IM), Nagaland peace accord,  Narendra Modi, Army, NDA government, Indian Army,  Rh Raising, Issak Chisi Swu, Naga peace pact, Thuingaleng Muivah,  naga insurgent group, Naga insurgency, NSCN(IM), Nagaland news, Indian Express, Nagaland news, india news, nation news PM Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, NSCN (IM) General Secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah, NSA, Ajit Doval and others at the signing ceremony of historic peace accord between Government of India & NSCN, in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI)

With details of the peace agreement signed between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) still unclear, the Army on Thursday approached the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seeking clarity on the implications of the deal.

“The Army has written to the MHA asking for its stand on the peace agreement and how it affects the Northeast. As far as the MHA is concerned, there is no change on the ground consequent to the deal. This is being conveyed to the Army,” a source said.

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The ministry’s stand stems from the fact that its officers are still in the dark about the nuances of the deal, said sources. Till the exact nature of the agreement emerges, Northeast states have been advised not to speculate over its details. The states have been reassured that the deal is largely a “framework agreement”and that their interests will not be affected, sources said.

Meanwhile, with Manipur, Arunchal Pradesh and Assam anxious about the exact contours of the agreement, speculation is rife in these states over the extent to which the NSCN (IM)’s demands have been met by the Centre.

Sources said that in Manipur, a lengthy note, purported to be the points of the agreement, is being circulated. The Centre has been apprised of the circulation of the note. “The note is purported to be a 41-point list of the NSCN(IM)’s demands that have been met by the government. However, some of these points were rejected even in 2011 when an agreement was reached between the two sides,” said an official.

Among the points in the note which sources said have been rejected outright are a separate constitution for Nagalim (which has overlapping status with the Constitution of India); regional Supreme Court; Naga flag; Nagas to have Naga passport; joint foreign affairs; permanent UN Representative; joint military (in case of foreign affairs), time bound until Nagas can stand on their own; use of currency: Rupee (right to use Naga currency but Rupee to be used for the time being) and pan-Naga government to cover all the Naga areas.

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