May 12, 2005

Nagalim: "Referendum If Political Impasse with Delhi Continues"

NSCN (IM) leader Thuingaleng Muivah pointed out that the outfit would propose to conduct a referendum to decide the geopolitical fate of the Naga people if the "political impasse with New Delhi continues"
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The General Secretary of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM), Thuingaleng Muivah has today categorically said they could not accept the Indian term of "consensus" with the neighboring people of "Nagalim" on the solution of the Indo-Naga political problem.

Talking to reporters here at NSCN (IM) HQs in Camp Hebron today, the principal negotiator of the ongoing political parleys with the Government of India said, "We can fight for another 50 years of our right." The NSCN (IM) leader, however, replied that they could not expect "100% fulfillment" from the Indian side as "they (India) may have their own difficulties." Stating that the NSCN (IM) had already explained its position clear to New Delhi, Muivah asserted the ball was now in the court of them (New Delhi) .

Asked if all political issues had been amicably agreed upon except geographical one, the Prime Minister of the outfit stated the political problem was still there due to New Delhi’s refusal to understand many issues they had placed before them.

The NSCN (IM) leader also pointed out that the outfit would propose to conduct referendum to decide the geo political fate of the Naga people if the "political impasse with the New Delhi continues" .

With 4-point resolution adopted during the 4th Consultation Meet held on January 20 and 21, 2005 here at Camp Heron, the NSCN (IM) collective leadership left for Delhi and had discussions with a team of Indian Ministers headed by Oscar Hernandez.

Although the NSCN (IM) leader has not clearly disclosed about the current position of negotiation, it appears that political process has already reached to a very crucial stage.

This time, Muivah came with a very cautious message: "Be prepared for the worst and don’t be so presumptuous." This clearly shows that everything is not well in the talks.

Source: E-PAO