DIMAPUR, Aug 12 - NSCN-IM general secretary Th. Muivah has asserted that the Government of India and NSCN-IM have agreed to hammer out the final solution to the decades-old Naga issue based on the framework agreement signed between the two entities in New Delhi on August 3. He also said both the parties agreed to find an honourable solution by accepting the sovereign rights of both sides.
�The solution will have to be worked out which may not take a long time,� Muivah said while speaking at the civic reception organised in honour of Indo-Naga political negotiators at Dimapur airport today. Muivah, the principal negotiator of NSCN-IM in the Indo-Naga talks, landed in Dimapur today after signing the agreement to a rousing welcome with around three thousand people waiting to hear him at the civic reception organised by Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers Association, Naga Students Federation and Naga Council Dimapur.
He hoped that the final solution will provide enduring, inclusive and needy relationship between the Nagas and Indians.
Underling that sovereignty of Naga people in Nagaland lies with the Naga people, he, however, said Nagas cannot expect 100 per cent out of the negotiation nor can the Indians and added that the solution will have to be found on give and take basis. He further said the Government of India agreed to find a political solution basing on the uniqueness of the Naga history but wanted the Nagas to understand their difficulties.
Explaining that �we cannot make mistakes in political negotiations as it will bring destruction�, Muivah said �we have arrived at a meeting point which the Nagas never reached in their history.
However, Muivah went on to add that the danger lies with the Nagas and that it is time for the Nagas to understand each other. Nagas must admit mistakes, repent and forgive each other, otherwise the problems will remain and bring self-destruction, Muivah said, apparently in a call to other underground groups to unite for the final solution.
�Past is past no matter how many factions exist,� he stated. We will forgive their mistakes and let them forgive our mistakes�, he said. The NSCN/GPRN ato kilonser (prime minister) affirmed that Nagas must take the right decision and come near each other.
Admitting that there is a problem with the neighouring States of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh while seeking solution to the Naga issue, Muivah said, �We will be neighbours forever. So we have to understand and not confront each other.�
Terming the signing of the framework agreement as the finest moment, Muivah said, �Let�s not miss this opportunity.�