NNC, FGN lambasts NSCN (IM) on talks
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 18: The Naga National Council (NNC), in a statement today said the National Socialist Council of Nagalim should abandon the "so called" ongoing peace process with immediate effect, if there is no concrete agenda for resolution of the protracted Naga political issue, so as to save the political situation, 'before it is too late'.

The NNC president, I Panger in his speech on the occasion of the commemoration of 51st Naga National Martyr�s Day today warned, �any Naga political party who compromise on the declaration of sovereignty made on August 14, 1947 and in the 1951 plebiscite is akin to betraying all those who have sacrificed their lives for national freedom and that the blood of the martyrs will fall upon them�.

He expressed concern over the manner and style of the political talks between the NSCN and the Government of India are heading, stating that instead of tackling the issue of sovereignty, which he termed, has been at the heart of Naga political struggle for the last 56 years, the NSCN leaders are negotiating only Naga integration with the GoI.

If the NSCN try to negotiate only on integration of Indian occupied Naga areas than, "NSCN will commit a formidable error and the nation will never forgive them", the NNC leader maintained, adding, �the precious lives of our martyrs were sacrificed for sovereignty and not for mere integration and the Naga political issue is an international issue that deserves to be properly treated�.

Panger reminded NSCN-IM that their ceasefire and talks with GoI for the last seven years has weakened "not only NSCN itself but the political issue also".

Taking this aspect into consideration he urged the NSCN-IM to abrogate the ceasefire.

It demanded both New Delhi and the military regime of Myanmar to immediately cease their depredations and aggression on Naga inhabited areas.

Remembering the comrades who have laid down their lives for the cause the NNC leader said, �On this day the NNC salutes all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their country�s freedom�.

We remember their noble deeds and renew our solemn promise that their sacrifices will not be in vain, he asserted.

Meanwhile, reacting strongly against the statement made by MK Winning in the "Nagaland Page" edition of Oct 13, the public relation officer Zeliangrong Region of Federal Government of Nagaland (FNG) Poukhin has categorically stated that the Zeliangrong people are against the so called on-going peace talk between the NSCN (IM) group and the Government of India as the NSCN (IM) group is involved in talks for the formation of a Greater Nagaland within the Indian Union and not for the sovereignty of Nagas.

In a statement, the officer lamented that the NSCN (IM) leaders are actively involved in in the Indian State elections which is totally against the wishes of the Nagas and added that the Zeliangrong people have been fighting for the sovereignty of Nagaland ever since the Naga freedom movement began.