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NSCN-IM chair terms FA as bridge between two entities

Tuccu said that sovereignty is the inherent right of the Nagas as the Framework Agreement says that “Sovereignty lies with the people."

On the 7th anniversary of the signing of the historic Framework Agreement (FA), NSCN-IM chairman Ino Q Tuccu has termed the FA as a bridge that will provide for an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful coexistence of two entities.

In his speech on the occasion of the 7th anniversary of the signing of the historic Framework Agreement, NSCN-IM chairman Q Tuccu spoke on the vexed issue of a separate flag and constitution and the desire for integration and sovereignty.

Tuccu said that sovereignty is the inherent right of the Nagas as the Framework Agreement says that “Sovereignty lies with the people.”

Tuccu added that while the Government of India interlocutors were making an issue of the Flag and constitution demand, the same are component parts of the recognized sovereignty and unique history.

Tuccu added that the Naga National entity is recognized by the Government of India and the Framework Agreement speaks of this.

Significantly, Tuccu also stated that historically the Nagas were never a part of India but despite this, the Nagas and Indians can’t stay apart because interdependent relationship among people is the law of necessity.

Tuccu added the politics of integration of all Naga territories under one political roof has been one of the central point of the Naga movement and that after a series of talks between the Government of India and NSCN, it was mutually agreed that the integration of all the Naga areas is the ’legitimate right of the Nagas’ and that in keeping with the principle it will be finalized through political process at the earliest as mutually agreed upon.

In the meantime, as agreed upon political institutions will be instituted in the Naga areas in the so-called states of Manipur, Assam, and Arunachal Pradesh in addition to the present Nagaland state, which will be transitional to the final goal.

Tuccu added that The government of India proposed PAN NAGA HOHO, a cultural institution that embraces the Nagas of all Naga areas. It will deal with the culture, custom, tradition, literature, society, and interest of the Nagas, which were mutually agreed.

Tuccu concluded that the Framework Agreement which envisages providing for an enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful coexistence of the two entities will be certainly a bridge between the two peoples, not a wall.

First Published: 4th August, 2022 13:07 IST

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