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The working committee of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) has appealed to all Naga groups to prepare themselves for “unconditional unity”, saying it stands for unity without any condition.

The media cell of the committee issued a release following NSCN (IM)’s recent statement appealing to different groups to get on board the Framework Agreement and be a part of the final solution in the greater interests of the people and peace and progress in the land.

The release said issuing a statement at this point of time urging Naga groups to join the NSCN (IM) under the Framework Agreement was a tragedy.

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It asked whether the appeal was intended to reach out to those groups, not party to the ongoing peace process with the government of India or the working committee of NNPGs.

The release said if the appeal was intended to the working committee to come under Framework Agreement, the NSCN (IM) leadership may consider a few points as to why the agreement was and will remain an inferior political document now and in the future.

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“No doubt it was a good photo frame opportunity for IM leaders, yet posterity will hold on to the content of both the Framework Agreement of August 3, 2015 and Agreed Position or Preamble signed between the government of India and NNPGs on Nov 17, 2017,” the committee said.

“Naga generations will treasure the document contents and not the photos,” it added.

“As simple as it sounds, no nation on earth can say Nagas do not have unique history and situation. Does this recognition assure or guarantee our self-determination? No. The Framework Agreement of NSCN (IM) simply recognises our past history,” it said.

The release said no one, be its working committee of NNPGs or NSCN (IM), should try to fool the Nagas as they have grasped the reality and added that high sounding rhetorical statements do not turn lies into truth.

Reminding that NNPGs stood for Naga unity without any condition, the committee said they will not set any condition to any individual or group.

Saying that Nagas have seen and heard enough of the slogan “the door is open”, the committee said it has scattered the Nagas in the past more rather than regrouping them.

Stating that the NNPGs are sincerely committed to seat across for an early Naga solution without any pre-condition, the committee said this was the reason why all the seven different political groups could come together as “one Naga, for one solution”.

The release said the working committee has negotiated with the government of India “on the principle and basis of 1929 Naga memorandum and 1951 Naga plebiscite”.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com