Hebron, January 27, 2020:
The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) has lambasted the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for creating “trust deficit” in the minds of Nagas.
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In a statement released by the Hebron camp, the NSCN stated, “…the NIA has definitely created trust deficit in the minds of the Nagas and the NSCN. We doubt the sincerity of the GoI (Government of India) in concluding an acceptable and honorable political solution.
NSCN has accused the NIA of acting with impunity and intensifying its activities, particularly after the ultimatum served by the GoI interlocutor in July, 2019 and the deliberate rejection of the signing of the 3 August, 2015 Framework Agreement principle, wherein the sovereign rights of the Naga people to use its national flag and constitution had been officially acknowledged.
“The agency, while protecting criminals, are implicating members of the NSCN within India’s Law and Order Acts and Regulations, and the most recent case is that of Mrs. Alemla Jamir, Cabinet Kilonser, charged paradoxically of “terror funding”. This accusation has come as total shock and surprise considering the more than two decades of political dialogue with the NSCN,” read the statement.
Stating the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the central Government, the NSCN said, “The MoU officially agreed to lift the ban on NSCN under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and it was also understood that as the dialogue with the NSCN progresses further and environment becomes more peaceful, other Rules, Regulations and Acts will be reviewed in due course of time. The MoU also agreed that the NSCN leadership, on the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, will come to Delhi in December, 2002 to carry forward the peace dialogue in a spirit of mutual trust and understanding and ensure the safety, security and well-being of the NSCN leaders during their visit to Delhi, India.”
The NSCN, in its statement, said that there is an urgency to save the political dialogue instead of creating distrust at this stage and demolishing the political negotiation. “It is only when the GoI starts respecting its commitment, not otherwise, can the political dialogue move forward in the spirit of “mutual trust and understanding,” it said.
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