Peace talks have nothing to do with Manipur�s integrity: NSCN (I-M)
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, October 06: The NSCN-IM has today once again said that the on-going Indo-Naga peace talks have "nothing to do with the territorial integrity of Manipur".

Talking to media persons here today, Hokugha Sema and Stanhope, secretary and under secretary respectively of the outfit�s publicity wing (MIP), maintained that while the talks between the GoI and the NSCN have "already crossed the boundary of the Indian Constitution, matters pertaining to the territorial integrity of Manipur lie within the parameter of the Constitution of India".

"The map of Manipur should not be a factor in deciding the political future of the Nagas," Stanhope asserted.

He also dismissed the resolution adopted by United Committee Manipur (UCM) recently to the effect that it would seek secession from India and launch a movement for �self-determination�, and said that Manipur had signed the merger agreement in 1949 and �willfully� joined the Indian Union.

The duo also expressed satisfaction with the pace of the peace talks between the GoI and the NSCN.

When questioned when a solution to the Indo-Naga problem would be reached, they answered, �in the soonest time possible�.

During the 1960s, the opportunity for a solution did come, but, at that time, we Nagas were not able to work out strategies that would bring certain peace, Stanhope stated.

"All the obstacles (like bureaucrats, army officers, etc.) have been willfully removed by the GoI.

This gesture manifests the sincerity of the Indian leaders," he added.

He also stated that both the NSCN and the GoI are now preparing for the next round of talks, to be held sometime in November this year, in an Asian country.

Earlier, on Sunday the outfit through a communiqu� stated that the last round of Indo-Naga talks never discussed the issues of �greater autonomy�, �Greater Nagaland� etc, as reported in a section of the media in neighboring Manipur under the headline, "Ukhrul, Senapati, Tirap on NSCN map for solution".

The communiqu� also termed the statement as �baseless� and designed to work up a �frenzy to confuse the innocent general public (and) to further emotionally divide the Nagas and thence hamper the progress of the current Indo-Naga peace talks�.

It stated, "There is neither (any) so-called greater Nagaland or greater autonomy.

This is the creation-centered belief of the Nagas since ancient time that the land of every village republic is made up of the flesh and bone of their forefathers giving life to posterity".

It also claimed that "to the Nagas, no civilization is older than their lands.