Participating 20th anniversary of Unrepresented Nations People Organisation (UNPO), held on 10th and 11th Feb 2011, at The Hague in the Netherlands NSCN (IM) representative V.S Atem has said that the Indian Army Generals, including Chief of the Army Staff, having realized the futility of seeking solution through military might, declared that military solution was impossible as the Indo-Naga conflict is a political issue.
UNPO is an international, nonviolent, and democratic membership organisation. Its members are indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories who have joined together to protect and promote their human and cultural rights, to preserve their environments, and to find nonviolent solutions to conflicts which affect them.
V.S Atem then said that the Indian negotiators and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) arrived at a basic agreement on November 17, 1996 – unconditional talks, talks at the highest level which is at the Prime Ministerial level and talks outside India.
On July 25, 1997, the President of the Republic of Nagalim announced in the UNPO Secretariat, the Hague that the Ceasefire between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim will be effective from August 1, 1997 .
It was also agreed that the ceasefire agreement is between the government of India and the NSCN as two entities without territorial limits (joint statement on June 14, 2001), the NSCN-IM leader told the gathering.
Atem also said that in its 3rd Naga consultation Meeting, from May 6 – 10, 2002, 73 Naga delegates representing Naga Hoho, the Churches and mass-based civil society organizations solemnly declared that they fully support the ongoing political negotiation between the Govt of India and the NSCN-IM.
“In its 4th Naga people’s consultation to strengthen the Indo-Naga political talks, from January 20-21, 2005, Naga people and their civil society organizations covering across the length and breadth of Naga Homeland reaffirmed declared their fullest support for an honorable and acceptable solution to the Indo-Naga political issue on the basis of the uniqueness of Naga history and situation.
Govt of India has agreed and recognized officially the unique history and situation of the Nagas.
Congress–led coalition Govt has officially given its commitment: There must be solution through peaceful means.
And that solution must be honorable and acceptable to both”, V.S Atem said.
As the NSCN has rejected any approach from the Indian constitutional perspective, the Prime Minister of India gave the commitment: “We have to work out the solution from outside the box” .
It is now more than 13 years since we have been negotiating with the Government of India.
Solution could be worked out basing only on the historical facts and political rights of the Nagas, the NSCN-IM leader said at The Hague event.
“If both the parties could go by the commitment of the Indian Prime Minister, solution may not be far off though it has taken a long time.
The greatest question now lies in how far Indian leadership could be sincere in their commitment.
The Naga people are still committed to peaceful solution if that could be honorable,” V.S Atem concludes his speech.
Source : E-PAO.NET