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NISC Hails Reconciliation Move By Naga Groups

IMPHAL, Sep 24: Observing that the road to concrete reconciliation is a difficult one and vowing to do just that is no token endeavor, Naga International Support Centre (NISC) has congratulated the three Naga rebel groups, namely NNC, NSCN-Khaplang and NSCN-Isak-Muivah for coming together as one under the auspices of FNR and said that reconciliation of Nagas is a threat to the unpublished policies of Government of India. In a statement, NISC, however, noted that to forgive but not to forget needs wisdom, statesmanship and accompanying action like purifying the united Naga organization from the causes on which this horrendously aggressive diversity was based and which led to indiscriminate killing of fellow Nagas.

Since NNC, NSCN-Khaplang and NSCN-Isak-Muivah groups know the reasons for these violent separations very well, they should be able to forgive and build a Naga society where trust and respect prevails and the gun is used to defend the people against the real enemies of the Nagas, the statement said. It went on to point out that the reasons for conflicts among Nagas are multifold. But these conflicts have not been created by Nagas alone. The separation caused by the Shillong Accord and the separation of the Khaplang group happened due to the infusion of the Divide and Rule policy of the Government of India, it alleged, adding that on the other end of the spectrum and no matter how influenced all Naga groups claim and maintain, ‘˜sovereignty’ is the core reason for their existence.

If sovereignty is the goal of Naga forces, a conviction they act on behalf and in defense of the Naga people, then what is more natural than coming together as one ?, it exclaimed. This is an important observation because those who truly defend the Naga people against invaders to achieve their freedom and have the right to act on their behalf represent them. As the Naga people too have the right to self determination, a universal right in the Covenant of the United Nations to which the Government of India is also a signatory, the Naga forces act to defend that very right which would determine their own future, the statement said.

Though Nagas in general have a common goal, still individuals, groups and political parties can differ in their opinion on how the Naga Nation should be governed with respect to the rights of all Nagas, the statement said, adding that these difference are free to express and during elections, Nagas should be able to express these preferences without being harassed, bribed, coerced and otherwise influence. A reconciled Naga organization stands strong and defeats the divide and rule policy of the Government of India. Though ultimately the Government of India has failed, it not likely to gracefully bow out. Only with successful peace talks with the Government of India cease its efforts to subdue, the statement of the NISC added.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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