Central package unacceptable to Nagas: NSCN-IM

Kohima: The NSCN-IM on Wednesday termed as an insult the 'inclusive package' offer by the Centre and said nothing except integration of Naga-inhabited areas in the northeast is acceptable to the Nagas.

The Centre has ruled out the integration demand and offered an 'inclusive package' to NSCN-IM.

"If it reflected the opinion of the UPA government to settle the Naga issue then it was 'an antithesis' to the bilateral agreement signed between NSCN-IM and New Delhi in 1997, and therefore not acceptable to the Naga people," the NSCN-IM said in a statement.

Mentioning the chronology of events of the ongoing peace talks between the two sides, the NSCN-IM said keeping the Nagas divided and seeking a solution through 'imposition of Indian will on the Nagas' is not a sign of political maturity of the Indian leadership.

"The application of colonial divide and rule policy by the Indian state towards the Nagas would create more problems for India than solving it," the statement said. Asserting that the Naga problem cannot be resolved through social, economic and cultural packages, the NSCN-IM said "It is simply not acceptable to the Nagas rather it is an insult and amounts to adding salt to open sores."

Bureau Report