Nov 07, 2012

Nagalim: Reaffirmation Of Need For Naga Integration

Thuingaleng Muivah has reaffirmed the NSCN-IM’s belief that Naga integration will be necessary for a ‘permanent solution’.

Below is an article published by E-PAO:


Dismissing all the reports that NSCN-IM has dropped the demand for Naga integration, Thuingaleng Muivah today clarified that the outfit has not dropped the demand of Naga integration.

"Without the Naga integration, there will be no Naga solution," said Th Muivah.

In an exclusive interview with Newmai News Network this afternoon [6 November 2012] at the VIP lounge of Dimapur Airport, NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah said that integration of all the "Naga areas" will always be part of the Naga solution.

"Naga integration will always be a part of Naga solution. Without it there cannot be settlement," stated Muivah.

When queried whether this can be materialised as there have been strong oppositions from various quarters, Muivah said, "Naga integration can happen anytime. Today? Tomorrow? No permanent solution without it. Naga integration is a must".

Regarding the statements from NSCN-K and others that the ongoing talks between the government of India and the NSCN-IM is seeking a factional solution and that in the event of any settlement it will be 'NSCN-IM solution' and not Naga solution, Thuingaleng Muivah retorted and asked, "Do these people understand the Naga issue or Naga problem? Do you believe what they said? Don't believe them. Let them talk whatever they like because they do not understand the issue. These people will keep on saying such things".

When asked about the tentative time the would-be Naga settlement is going to be inked, Thuingaleng Muivah said that it would be hard to say at the moment. "Let us see," said Muivah, and added, "The government of India needs time".

On being asked what development was seen after the recent 'home-consultations' with the Naga frontal organisations at Camp Hebron, Muivah said it was positive.

"The consultations were heartwarming. They gave their full support. Do you believe they also blessed us? Today, we are going back to New Delhi with the blessings from the Naga society," Muivah said.

Just after interviewing Muivah, NNN also asked NSCN-IM chairman Isak Chisi Swu about the tentative date for signing the agreement.

"We cannot say the time but we hope it will not take long," Swu said.

Isak Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng along with their spouses have left Dimapur for New Delhi to resume the talks with the government of India.

The two leaders arrived at Dimapur on October 18 [2012] and had series of consultations with the Naga leaders, frontal organisations and those who matter.