Dec 18, 2012

Nagalim: India Defers Positive Developments Of Negotiations

NSCN(IM) has been waiting for a response from the Government of India  towards a settlement for over one year.

Below is an article published by The Times of India:


NSCN(IM) chairman Isak Chishi Swu said that the outfit has been patiently waiting for a positive response from the Centre towards a settlement for more than a year now.


In his speech in the 'winter session' of the 'Tatar Hoho' (parliament), Swu underlined the developments since the outfit signed a ceasefire with the Centre in 1997 and the July 18, 2011 meeting in which both the parties mutually agreed to appreciate and respect the complexities of each other's position and to work out a settlement in the shortest possible time.


However, he informed his "countrymen" that despite the positive developments and the sincerity of the Nagas to settle the decades-old conflict between "India" and the Nagas via negotiations, the Centre has allowed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to serve summons to various top leaders of the NSCN.


"This has come as a bolt from the blue and greatly shocked us," Swu said, adding the best way forward is to settle any differences across the table.


He further said that the inclination of the 'Government of India' to impose its law and order system on the Nagas during the course of the talks would certainly jeopardize the political negotiation that was initiated at the highest level and without any preconditions.


The NSCN(IM) chairman urged both the parties to seek realistic ways to understand each other. "We have left no stone unturned to negotiate while respecting the difficulties of the Government of India. We are for a solution; however, if any problem arises, we will be compelled to take the matter to the Naga people," he said.