DIMAPUR, Sept 12 - The question of other stakeholders in the Naga peace process does not arise as the talks are between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) as two entities.
�Opportunists, deserters, opponents and detractors who have never fought for the cause have now started claiming their shares when solution is around. They are claiming the harvest they have not laboured for,� the NSCN (I-M) stated in a release today.
�Where were they when national leaders were doing the works of mobilization in the international political arena? Where were they when NSCN entered into a ceasefire agreement with the government of India? Where were they when NSCN cadres moved from village to village covering four corners of Nagalim for reaching the peoples on all issues? On what basis are they claiming stakeholders in the peace process?� the release asked.
The release said the Government of India is talking with the NSCN because it represents the issue of the Nagas that covers all Nagas and their territories. It added the NSCN represents the Naga people and the national issue. The NSCN (I-M) added it represents the Naga people, including village chiefs, civil societies/organisations, political parties and the churches whereas the Government of India represents India including its States.
According to the NSCN (I-M), it would be a horrible loss for both the Nagas and the Indians if they miss �this second bus�. �We must explore every possible way to finding the long-cherished solution. It will be a great loss for both the parties in terms of time, labour, money and life if we miss this turn of opportunity,� the NSCN (I-M) added.