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Political settlement with GoI cannot cover Nagas in Myanmar

Published Jan 09, 2020
Updated Feb 24, 2020

Nagaland Page reported that the NSCN-IM has sought a separate political settlement with the Government of India and with the Myanmar government with the Nagas in Myanmar.

“Nagas were forcibly divided by the colonial power and placed them in different administrative units for political reason known to all. The terms – the Indian Nagas, Burmese Nagas, Manipur Nagas, Assam Nagas, Arunachal Nagas and Nagas of Nagaland state are derogatory language used by the colonialists. Integration of the divided Naga ancestral domains is the inherent right of the Nagas, and that the Government of India has officially recognized the legitimate right of the Nagas to integration of all Naga areas. By integration, it means – geo-political integration based on sovereign right of the Nagas, not that of the Indian or Burmese constitution,” said a statement by the NSCN IM

“Indeed, we are for a territorial integration under one political roof. We don’t see any meaningful solution without integration. However, political settlement with the Government of India cannot cover Nagas in Burmese occupied areas. That will be the second phase to be settled with the Burmese Government. PAN Naga Hoho will be a common platform for the Nagas to inculcate and foster the spirit of oneness and unity of all Nagas who are arbitrarily divided by the enemies’ artificial ‘Berlin wall.’ Common culture, common history, common root of language, common identity, common social values, common religion, common territory and common political concept are materials for integration. It is more than cultural body” NSCN IM said

Nagaland Post has reported that the NSCN IM seeks to have control over the Naga Regional Territorial Councils (NRTC) to be created on the basis of Framework Agreement in Naga Areas in the so-called Manipur state, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam are transitional.

NRTC governments is expected to be equipped with sovereign powers as envisioned in the Framework Agreement.

This is seen to be subsidiary to the Greater Nagalim integration of Naga inhabited areas of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar which has not been achievable due to opposition to NSCN-IM’s greater Nagalim in these states.