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Framework Agreement embraces Naga flag, constitution: NSCN (I-M)

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DIMAPUR, Oct 30 - The NSCN (I-M) today said the Government of India is sending a wrong signal by having separate talks on the issue of the Naga flag and constitution, which is not in sync with the Framework Agreement. It asserted that the Framework Agreement has not provided any scope for it.

The outfit, in a release, stated that it should be understood that the Framework Agreement that speaks of the unique history of the Naga people and their sovereign independent identity, embraces the flag and constitution. It said the Centre should not backtrack from the Framework Agreement by distorting what has been agreed upon.

The NSCN (I-M) alleged that even the appointment of the then interlocutor, RN Ravi, as the Nagaland Governor is believed to have been deliberately done with the sinister design to undo his own signature from the Framework Agreement.

The outfit said it is committed to sticking to the agreement to resolve the Indo-Naga political issue.

�The sticking point is, in total contradiction with the Framework Agreement, Ravi gave a misleading report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee,� the NSCN (I-M) alleged. It viewed that such reports that are not connected with any agreement with the NSCN negotiating team have now become the source of soreness in the Indo-Naga political talks.

It described the recognition of the unique history and situation of the Nagas by the Government of India on July 11, 2002, as a political milestone in the Indo-Naga political negotiations. The outfit said that the recognition came after five years of tough talking for the NSCN negotiators to drive home the point from the historical perspective.

The outfit claimed that in the talks that followed, an understanding was reached that �enduring inclusive� stood for lasting relationship of all the Nagas, including other factions, to be included in the Framework Agreement.

It said it respects the Government of India for accepting the historical fact in order to take forward the Indo-Naga political talks to a meaningful level.

It exuded confidence that this arrangement would provide for an enduring, inclusive new relationship of peaceful coexistence of the two entities.

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Framework Agreement embraces Naga flag, constitution: NSCN (I-M)

DIMAPUR, Oct 30 - The NSCN (I-M) today said the Government of India is sending a wrong signal by having separate talks on the issue of the Naga flag and constitution, which is not in sync with the Framework Agreement. It asserted that the Framework Agreement has not provided any scope for it.

The outfit, in a release, stated that it should be understood that the Framework Agreement that speaks of the unique history of the Naga people and their sovereign independent identity, embraces the flag and constitution. It said the Centre should not backtrack from the Framework Agreement by distorting what has been agreed upon.

The NSCN (I-M) alleged that even the appointment of the then interlocutor, RN Ravi, as the Nagaland Governor is believed to have been deliberately done with the sinister design to undo his own signature from the Framework Agreement.

The outfit said it is committed to sticking to the agreement to resolve the Indo-Naga political issue.

�The sticking point is, in total contradiction with the Framework Agreement, Ravi gave a misleading report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee,� the NSCN (I-M) alleged. It viewed that such reports that are not connected with any agreement with the NSCN negotiating team have now become the source of soreness in the Indo-Naga political talks.

It described the recognition of the unique history and situation of the Nagas by the Government of India on July 11, 2002, as a political milestone in the Indo-Naga political negotiations. The outfit said that the recognition came after five years of tough talking for the NSCN negotiators to drive home the point from the historical perspective.

The outfit claimed that in the talks that followed, an understanding was reached that �enduring inclusive� stood for lasting relationship of all the Nagas, including other factions, to be included in the Framework Agreement.

It said it respects the Government of India for accepting the historical fact in order to take forward the Indo-Naga political talks to a meaningful level.

It exuded confidence that this arrangement would provide for an enduring, inclusive new relationship of peaceful coexistence of the two entities.

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