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�Accommodation of other Nagas not possible sans integration�

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DIMAPUR, Oct 17 - The Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) today categorically stated that Nagaland cannot accommodate Nagas from other States without integration of the Naga-inhabited areas.

In a statement issued by its media cell, the council said Nagas should not be carried away by the propaganda being churned out to confuse them.

Taking strong exception to the statement allegedly originating from the NSCN-IM�s side, the committee said it is time for the Nagaland tribes and inhabitants to wake up from slumber and pinch themselves if they are alive when a Naga from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam or Manipur after 22 years of political talks declares that Nagaland will cease to exist and it will be replaced by �people�s government of Nagalim�. It also meant the Nagaland tribes had grown weak, timid and weary from shouldering the Naga national cause since the conflict began, the statement said.

The committee pointed out that the Nagas had killed each other in the name of freedom and faced much hardships, including unlimited taxation and extortion.

With the deadlock continuing between the Centre and the NSCN-IM over the latter�s insistence on a separate Naga flag and constitution, the committee suggested that the two issues can be pursued post solution. It said these two issues were raised only in the 21st year of negotiations, while the Centre is firm that these are issues which Nagas can pursue post solution.

Besides, the committee pointed out that the Naga tribes, gaon burhas (village chiefs) and civil societies have called for an early solution.

The committee also clarified that it is not an agent or tool of the Government of India. Referring to such a �preconceived notion�, the committee said it comprised �remarkable Naga leaders� from different Naga tribes and political entities, �all with great patriotic dreams and visions inherited from forefathers�.

The committee stated that seven Naga political groups that comprise the NNPGs are together because the Naga people desire unity. It said the Government of India and the Nagas are now on the threshold of a new beginning after 57 rounds of political dialogue in a span of three years.

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�Accommodation of other Nagas not possible sans integration�

DIMAPUR, Oct 17 - The Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) today categorically stated that Nagaland cannot accommodate Nagas from other States without integration of the Naga-inhabited areas.

In a statement issued by its media cell, the council said Nagas should not be carried away by the propaganda being churned out to confuse them.

Taking strong exception to the statement allegedly originating from the NSCN-IM�s side, the committee said it is time for the Nagaland tribes and inhabitants to wake up from slumber and pinch themselves if they are alive when a Naga from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam or Manipur after 22 years of political talks declares that Nagaland will cease to exist and it will be replaced by �people�s government of Nagalim�. It also meant the Nagaland tribes had grown weak, timid and weary from shouldering the Naga national cause since the conflict began, the statement said.

The committee pointed out that the Nagas had killed each other in the name of freedom and faced much hardships, including unlimited taxation and extortion.

With the deadlock continuing between the Centre and the NSCN-IM over the latter�s insistence on a separate Naga flag and constitution, the committee suggested that the two issues can be pursued post solution. It said these two issues were raised only in the 21st year of negotiations, while the Centre is firm that these are issues which Nagas can pursue post solution.

Besides, the committee pointed out that the Naga tribes, gaon burhas (village chiefs) and civil societies have called for an early solution.

The committee also clarified that it is not an agent or tool of the Government of India. Referring to such a �preconceived notion�, the committee said it comprised �remarkable Naga leaders� from different Naga tribes and political entities, �all with great patriotic dreams and visions inherited from forefathers�.

The committee stated that seven Naga political groups that comprise the NNPGs are together because the Naga people desire unity. It said the Government of India and the Nagas are now on the threshold of a new beginning after 57 rounds of political dialogue in a span of three years.

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