DIMAPUR, June 8 - It is time for Nagas to end �internal conflicts� and �find answers to our disputes�, said Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC).
While calling upon Naga people to prepare ground for sustainable settlement to the protracted political issue and towards this end, the NTC, in a statement, said, �one of the principal methods for mitigating the acrimonies amongst ourselves is to talk honestly, to be honest to oneself and to one another.�
Acknowledging the NSCN-IM as �one of the influential groups,� the NTC, however, lamented that �unfortunately, the golden opportunity was missed when this group opted for isolation. The group has distanced itself from the rest and in all probability the dividing line will remain,� it claimed.
It further viewed that �at that opportune time, had NSCN-IM taken all Nagas into confidence without the modus operandi of pick and choose, all the consequences of conflicts, paper duels and acrimonies would have been avoided.�
The �hide and seek game,� it noted, �has compelled the general public and other Naga National Political Groups to continue contesting those points raised by NSCN-IM from time to time which are found immature and unconvincing.�
It also stated that the 16-Point agreement of NPC in 1960 and Shillong Accord of 1975 were under Constitution of India and �any further debate is futile.� �the August 3, 2015 �Framework Agreement� was also in the same category,� the NTC claimed.
It, therefore, termed the claim that the �Framework Framework Agreement� has restored the sovereignty of Nagas as �definitely incoherent, immature and deceptive.� �Also, the natural and international tradition goes that two sovereign nations do not co-own a single constitution or can co-habit an exclusive demarcated territory,� it said.
It further stated that in contemporary Naga politics, realistic perception and practical approaches can better bridge the gaps amongst our people rather than illusive rhetoric.
The NTC also said it appreciates the admission of NSCN-IM that the Nagas are economically poor and unsustainable without the generosity of India. �That is the hard fact and such humility can fetch dividends,� it said.