Naga legislator says Delhi should revoke AFSPA from Nagaland to create conducive environment for final settlement

KOHIMA, Apr 25 (NEPS): The news of the removal of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, AFSPA, from the State of Meghalaya and parts of Arunachal Pradesh is not going down well in Nagaland where the Center has been holding political negotiations with NSCN (IM) and other six NNPGs to resolve the longstanding Indo-Naga political issue.

A legislator in Nagaland, on the condition of anonymity, told to NEPS on Wednesday that the Government of India should be sincere towards finding a solution to the long-drawn-out Naga political issue. On many occasions, the successive Governments, NGOs, churches in the State have been urging the Government of India not to extend the ongoing Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) in the State in view of the peaceful environment.

Over the last more than a decade, there have not been any clashes between the Naga underground factions, and also no clashes between the Indian security forces and the Naga underground cadres were reported. At the same time, there have been statements coming one after another from the Central leaders and Interlocutor to the Naga talks that the solution to the Naga political issue would come soon, the Naga legislator stated.

He further pointed out that the Government of India should revoke this controversial AFSPA from the State of Nagaland as peace was prevailing in the State. More importantly, such a step would create a conducive environment for resolving the issue, besides gaining the confidence of the Naga people. “So I don’t see any reason why they should continue with this AFSPA in Nagaland,” he said. “The Government of India should be sincere towards settling the issue.”

He also wondered how the State Governor would sometimes say that the solution to the Naga issue would come about within six months, while Union Minister of State for Home, Keren Rijiju would say final “Framework Agreement” would be made for a final agreement. Whether such dignitaries had been authorized to say on the settlement of the issue should be very careful, he said and further added that their statements were creating more confusion in the minds of the Naga people and also the NNPGs as well.

At the same time, all the Naga political groups should come together and march forward with one voice. Because if they continued to assert in two voices for a solution, it would only delay the settlement, and the “Government of India can use it as a good excuse,” he said.

He also appealed the NSCN (K) to come to a ceasefire for the larger interest of the settlement of the issue and also appealed the Center to take all the stakeholders on board for a final resolution as their approach was an “inclusive solution.”


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