Centre recognizes Naga integration bid: NSCN-IM

  • | Monday | 2nd July, 2018

"In recognition of the Nagas' history and situation as unique by the government of India, the historic Framework Agreement of 3rd August, 2015 was signed between the Centre and the NSCN," a statement issued by NSCN (I-M) said. "The ongoing Naga peace talks with the Centre will be a futile exercise without the integration of contiguous Naga-inhabited areas in the northeastern states as a solution," NSCN (I-M) said.Peace talks with the Centre have passed the interlocutor's level and have reached the conclusive stage at the government level now. "Both parties agreed and recognized that integration of all the contiguous Naga areas is the legitimate right of the Naga people and it is mutually agreed that it will be pursued through earnest political democratic process," it added.NSCN (I-M) has been demanding integration of Naga-inhabited areas of Nagaland's three neighbours - Assam Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. The peace deal is now awaiting a political decision. GUWAHATI: The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) on Sunday said the Centre has recognized that the integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas in the northeastern states as a "legitimate right" of the Naga people and will pursue it.The NSCN (I-M) statement has come in reaction to Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio saying in Kohima a few days ago that he has always been championing the issue of integration of Naga-inhabited contiguous areas, but it would be possible only when parties from other states agreed.

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