NEW DELHI, Aug 12 - Ahead of the crucial talks between the Centre and various Naga insurgent groups scheduled on Friday, the NSCN (I-M) has raised the stakes by releasing details of the framework agreement it had signed with the Government of India in 2015.
Reports from Nagaland said that the 14-member Naga Tribal Hohos and the Lotha Hoho, in separate statements, backed the continuance of Ravi as the interlocutor.
A delegation of the Naga Tribal Hohos today met Union Minister of State for DoNER, Dr Jitendra Singh. The delegation urged the Centre for early conclusion of the Naga peace process.
On Monday, the NSCN (I-M) delegation led by its general secretary, Th Muivah, met officials of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in what was described as an informal meeting. But on the next day, the outfit released a formal statement attacking the peace interlocutor and Nagaland Governor RN Ravi and called for his removal.
Meanwhile, the framework agreement released by the NSCN (I-M) said that its dialogue with the Government of India has led to better mutual understanding. While the Government of India has recognised the unique history and position of the Nagas, the NSCN (I-M) has understood and appreciated the intricacies of the Indian system.
�With such an understanding and with due appreciation of the imperative of the contemporary realities and regard for the future vision, both sides have agreed to reach an agreement that will end the violent confrontation once and for all, and will usher in comprehensive progress in consonance with the genius of the Naga people. Both sides have understood each other�s respective positions and are cognizant of the universal principle that in a democracy, sovereignty lies with the people. Accordingly, the Govt of India and the NSCN, respecting people�s wishes for sharing the sovereign power as defined in the competencies reached an agreement on the 3rd August, 2015 as an honourable solution,� says the framework agreement.
�It is a matter of great satisfaction that the dialogue between the Govt of India and the NSCN has successfully concluded and we are confident, it will provide for an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of two entities. The two sides agreed that within this Framework Agreement details and execution plan will be worked out and implemented shortly,� said the NSCN (I-M).