‘Naga problems cannot be solved within Constitution’

Last Updated: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 19:09

Camp Hebron (Nagaland): NSCN (IM)
General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah on Sunday said he had told
Union government during talks that Naga problem could not be
solved within the framework of Indian Constitution.

"We have told both the Prime Minister and Home Minister
during our meetings in no uncertain term that a permanent
solution cannot be found within the Indian Constitution since
the Naga problem is unique.

"It needs a unique settlement," Muivah told a function
to celebrate the 30th `Republic Day` of NSCN(IM) here.

Muivah, who came to Nagaland on Thursday after holding
talks with the Central leaders in New Delhi, said both Prime
Minister and Home Minister were sincere to reach an honorable
settlement.

"We have also expressed our commitment to hammer out a
negotiated solution, but no imposition from New Delhi will be
accepted by the Nagas" he said.

NSCN(I-M) has been steadfast on the historical rights
of the Nagas while holding the peace talks with the Centre
during the past 12 years and hoped the Government would
respect these inalienable rights, he said.

Muivah asked the Nagas to take a right decision since
the "time for our victory is not far away."

Turning to the problems of the Nagas, he was critical
of some recent incidents within the NSCN(I-M) and also in the
Naga society and said that "degeneration" of values might
destroy the Naga political struggle. He called upon all to
retrospect to find out where the Nagas had gone wrong.

In his read out speech, NSCN(I-M) Chairman Isak Chishi
Swu said Nagas have been seeking for peace but with justice.

"Peace cannot not found by suppressing the rights of
the victims, violating human rights and denying the rights of
self-determination to the rightful people," he said.

Referring to the present situation in the Naga society,
he regretted "our society is invaded by social evils such as
organized crime, drug abuse and alcoholism" and said such
degradation would not be tolerated.

Calling upon the people to pursue education, the
chairman insisted on upholding the Naga culture of paying
respect to women and gender-equality.

Besides armed members of the NSCN(I-M), the function
was attended by representatives of several Naga civil society
organisations, tribal councils, students and youth bodies,
women groups and nearby villagers.

Leaders of Naga civil society organisations urged the
NSCN(I-M) to expedite the peace talks and maintain
transparency while negotiating with the Centre.

NSCN(K) also celebrated the day at its designated camp
at Khehoi, near Dimapur and supported the on-going Naga peace
and re-conciliation process initiated by Forum for Naga
Reconciliation (FNR), a body comprising members from churches,
NGOs, civil societies and tribal councils.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 19:09

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