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‘Not giving up demands for sovereignty, integration’

Nagas must realise futility of military solution: Muivah

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Hebron (nagaland) |
August 15, 2015 3:43:20 am
NSCN(IM), Thuingaleng Muivah, Naga sovereignty, Indian Army, Nagalim flag, Naga Independence Day, india news, news Muivah delivers a speech during ‘Naga Independence Day’ celebrations in Hebron on Friday. (Source: AP)

Eleven days after he signed a ‘framework agreement’ with the Government of India, NSCN(IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah on Friday said there was no question of giving up the demand for ‘Naga sovereignty’. However, he added, it was time the Nagas appreciated the fact that New Delhi had changed its mind regarding their issues.

Muivah said the government had conceded that a military solution was not possible, but Nagas too must realise that they cannot fight the Indian Army for long.

“The Government of India and its ministers have realised the futility of a military solution and trying to suppress us. We, too, have to realise that we will not be able to finish the Indian armed forces. India and the Nagas have agreed to give up a military solution and seek a political solution,” Muivah said.


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Muivah was delivering a lecture from a bullet-proof enclosure after unfurling the Nagalim flag at the NSCN(IM) headquarters here — 110 km from Kohima — to mark ‘Naga Independence Day’. Over 3,000 people, including most top leaders of the NSCN(IM) barring its chairman Issak Chisi Swu, currently undergoing treatment in New Delhi, attended the programme.

All Naga factions have been observing this day since AZ Phizo first declared “Naga Independence” in 1947.

“Let us understand, the Indian government and leadership are changing, they are respecting the unique history and situation of the Nagas, they have realised that it is through understanding and not through military confrontation that a solution can be found. It is high time we appreciate the wisdom of the Indian leadership.”

On the issue of sovereignty, he said, “Have we given up the sovereignty demand?  No, we haven’t. It is clearly stated in the agreement that both sides respect the people’s wishes for sharing sovereignty. We have to work out to what extent to share our rights to sovereignty. We will have sovereign right on our respective competencies.”

Muivah negated New Delhi’s assurances to Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh that their territories would not be disturbed by the final Naga solution. “Some people with vested interest have been saying that we have given up the demands for integration and sovereignty. Nagas have the right to be integrated. There can be no solution without Naga integration. The Government of India has said the issue of integration will have to be worked out. Let us see how this is done,” he said.

In a bid to dispel doubts about the agreement, the text of which is not yet public, Muivah said, “Negotiations will have to start not from emotion but from the history of the Nagas.”

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