Dec 01, 2002

Naga peace process

The Naga Solidarity Group fully endorses the understanding arrived at during the recent Bangkok meeting September 21 & 23, 2002, of the Naga-India political negotiation. The understanding reached at the meeting affirmed continuation of negotiations in the ambit of the broad framework and political importance of the Amsterdam Joint Communiqué of 11th July 2002.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and the Government of India officially denounced and denied their involvement with the ‘doctored proposal’ circulated by certain individuals in Nagaland. This clarification has helped observers of the peace process in the international community understand the presence of vested interests that want to subvert the peace process.

The Naga Solidarity Group demands an investigation into the circulation of the ‘doctored proposal’ and immediate legal action against those who have cruelly intended to crush the fragile progress made between India and the Nagas, and among the Nagas themselves.

To expedite the peace process - ushering peace in the region, the Naga Solidarity Group demands:

1. The Government of India respond to the proposal for a peaceful negotiated settlement between the Nagas and India submitted by the NSCN in 2001;
2. The Naga-Indo Peace Talks must continue with the spirit of respecting the three mutually agreed upon principles - that unconditional talks take place at the highest level of the Prime Minister and to hold the talks in a third country;
3. For the Naga Leadership to be able to hold talks in Delhi with the Government of India. The following procedures are required:
(i) Lift the ban against NSCN
(ii) Withdraw the arrest warrants against leaders and members of NSCN
(iii) Repeal draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act
(iv) Provide safe passage and honorable withdrawal to the Naga leaders if the talks break down.
4. Release all Naga political prisoners;
5. Withdrawal of all Indian Armed Forces from Nagaland; and
6. Practice of non-interference by the Indian State and its machinery in Naga internal affairs and in the efforts made by Naga organisations to seek reconciliation and healing within the Naga Nation.