What NSCN(IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah signed with the Government of India on Monday was only “the preamble” to the final agreement, and the leaders would have to sit down further with the government on other issues based on the principal agreement, said Rh Raising, the ‘Kilo Kilonser’ (home minister) of the group’s ‘Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim’ (GPRN) on Wednesday.
“The agreement signed on Monday is a transition phase of our movement to the final accord, and that is why I am calling it the preamble. We are still engaged in a political dialogue with the Government of India,” Raising told The Indian Express at the heavily-guarded general headquarters of the NSCN(IM) here, about 110 km from Kohima. He, however, claimed he was not privy to the contents of the framework agreement signed three day ago.
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Raising, who is third in the ‘GPRN’ hierarchy after ‘Yaruiwo’ (president) Issak Chisi Swu and ‘Ato Kilonser’ (prime minister) Muivah, also said that henceforth Nagas and Indians would co-exist as two entities. “We the Nagas will co-exist with the Indian people according to the political agreement that was reached last Monday, and not according to the Indian Constitution,” he said. With Muivah, Swu and other top leaders in New Delhi, Raising is holding fort here.
Admitting that the agreement had to be rushed through because of the deteriorating health of NSCN(IM) chairman Issak Chisi Swu, he said that this agreement was based on the broad principles agreed upon during the tenure of P V Narasimha Rao. “It was Rao who first agreed to hold talks at the highest level, without any preconditions and in a third country,” Raising, often seen as the successor to Muivah, said.
When asked whether peace would return to Nagaland because the NSCN(K) and several other factions were not part of the agreement, Raising said it was for the other groups to decide.
“This agreement is not for Mr Muivah or Mr Swu. This is for the Naga people. And there cannot be several solutions for one people. The Government of India talked with us because we represent the basic issues of the Naga people. Our organisation is the only one mandated by the people,” the NSCN(IM) leader said.
Raising, however, said that the NSCN(IM) would keep its doors open for the NSCN(K) and other factions to accept the agreement. “Our door is kept open for them to accept this framework agreement. They are welcome provided they believe in principle-based unity. If they want they can talk to the government of India on this,” he said.