Dimapur, May 12: On Saturday, senior officials of The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN issued a joint statement assuring that the Framework Agreement “does not betray the principle of the Nagas;” and “it will protect the right of the Nagas and guarantee the security of India as well.”
The statement said that the agreement will promote and strengthen harmonious interdependent relationship of the two nations. “We are confident that it will open a great opportunity for the Nagas to develop themselves into their fullest size – materially, intellectually, spiritually and socially,” it added.
The Framework Agreement, it said, “has turned the politics of confrontation and opposition into the politics of dialogue and cooperation; it has turned our enemies into our friends; it has turned repressing of our right into respect of our right; it has turned suppression of our right into recognition of our right; it has turned the threat of our future into protection of our future.”
This agreement, the statement claimed, would “heal the scars of war and the wounds of oppression and persecution imprinted in the body and mind of the Nagas.” “It will rebuild the damaged psychology and broken relationship of the two people. It will be a strong bridge between the Nagas and the Indians for generations. It will provide an ample opportunity to the two peoples to building a highway of peace and progress in the region in particular and South East Asia in general.”
“Entertaining the ill-opinions of anti-peace process elements is another sign of insincerity or double-standard. However, the Naga people hope and trust that Government of India and NSCN will overcome all these hurdles and come to a smooth landing,” it added. “Repeated shouting for principle is not enough, it must accompany with the survival strategy and policy for solution,” it said.
“The Nagas are for a harmonious interdependent relationship with them but on equal footing. Framework Agreement is about the Indo-Naga political issue. It is about the issue of the Nagas and their territories,” they said. “They are for a peaceful and harmonious relationship with them on the basis of mutual respect and recognition of their respective rights.”