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NSCN(IM) urges different Naga groups to be on board forFramework Agreement, part of final solution to Naga issue Kohima, Nov 7 (PTI) The NSCN(IM) on Thursday urgeddifferent Naga groups to be on board for the FrameworkAgreement and be part of the final solution to the Nagapolitical issue.

This assumes significance in the aftermath of theOctober 31 decision by the Centre to continue dialogues withall stakeholders including the states of Assam, Manipur andArunachal Pradesh before bringing the seven-decades-old Nagapolitical issue to its final conclusion.

The statement said that NSCN(IM) appeals to andinvites all 'Naga brothers and sisters in different groupswith open heart to get on board the bus of Framework Agreementand be a part of the final solution in the greater interestsof the people and peace and progress in the land'.

The NSCN(IM) said that it has forgiven the pastmistakes of 'the Naga brothers and sisters in different camps'and that they (other groups) should also forgive its (NSCN(IM)past mistakes and be reconciled.

Let this message of peace and unity among the Nagasbe acceptable to all the Nagas, far and near, the statementsaid.

The NSCN(IM) 'ministry of publicity' claimed thatpolitical leaders of the country and army officials haveagreed that the Naga problem is political and not a militaryone, which opened the door for negotiations for solution tothe decades-long issue.

Consequently the Centre and NSCN(IM) embarked onpolitical negotiations from 1997 and after series of intensivenegotiations signed the historic Framework Agreement on August3, 2015 based on the 'recognized unique history' of the Nagas,it said.

Taking account of the commitment and assurance of theGoI on the issues of Naga national flag and Constitution toresolving them at the earliest time, the two parties havemutually agreed upon to go for final touch on the agreedcompetencies for conclusion, the NSCN(IM) statement said.

'Now therefore, when the Government of India isprepared to make the final agreement with the NSCN(IM) on thebasis of the Framework Agreement all Nagas should also beequally prepared,' it said.

Stating that Unity for the historic tasks ahead isindispensable, the NSCN(IM), a major insurgent group of theNorth East, said Now is the time for the Nagas to unite sothat together we move forward to the new era; together webuild a land of milk and honey.

The Framework Agreement came after over 80 rounds ofnegotiations spanning 18 years, with the first breakthrough in1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades ofinsurgency in Nagaland which started soon after India'sIndependence in 1947.

Centre's interlocutor and Nagaland Governor R N Ravisaid on Thursday said that Nagas are at the cusp of history asa new dawn has begun for a new era of peace, unity andprosperity.

He urged all Naga groups to overcome bitterness andbad memories of the past and come together and make a newbeginning towards unity, prosperity, development andbrotherhood.

Ravi, who was speaking at the Hornbill festival of theLotha Naga tribes in Wokha district, also urged the Nagapeople to ensure that their rich culture does not fade awaywith the face of the onslaught of modern technology and way oflife.

The talks to find a lasting solution to the seven-decade-old insurgency problem in Nagaland were convened by theCentre in Delhi in a bid to iron out differences, particularlyon the NSCN-IM's demands for a separate flag and Constitutionfor the Nagas, which have already been rejected by the Centre.

The separate flag and Constitution of Jammu andKashmir has ceased to exist with the annulment of the specialstatus of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

The dialogue with the Naga National PoliticalGroups (NNPG) is said to be over. PTI COR NBS KKKK KK