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NSCN (IM) accuses Govt of India of backtracking, seeks Chinese support: Report

The Government of India has allegedly backtracked from the Framework Agreement which has hindered a negotiated political settlement.

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Imphal: Nagaland-based militant group NSCN (IM) has reportedly sought support from the Communist Party of China (CPC) in order to break the ‘deadlock’ on a political settlement between the Naga militant group and the Government of India, which it alleged that the GoI has backtracked from the 2015 Framework Agreement. 

The Government of India has allegedly backtracked from the Framework Agreement which has hindered a negotiated political settlement. Therefore, there is an imperative need for a third-party intervention to break the deadlock, India Today NE, a Guwahati-based news portal reported Friday citing a letter allegedly written by the External Publicity Wing of the NSCN (IM).  

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Phunting Shimrang, former Commander-in-Chief of the outlawed organisation, is currently based on a China-Myanmar border, and is responsible for facilitating the talks with the Chinese government, the news portal reported.

In a confidential letter, the External Publicity Wing (EPW), Alee Affairs appreciated the CPC and the Chinese people, who are standing for the political rights, peace and freedom of oppressed people around the world including the Nagas.

“We have not forgotten the love and support of the Chinese people for our national struggle since the fifties. Such a spirit of magnanimity had strengthened the foundation of our national movement, and it has helped us to reach the highest point. We are  grateful to the Chinese people who are still supportive to our struggle and other struggling people around the world for peace and human rights,” the letter  said.

“Taking this opportunity, we want to highlight, in short, the ongoing political dialogue between India and the Nagas represented by the NSCN. After a prolonged military confrontation, the Government of India (GoI) initiated a political negotiation with the NSCN which started on August 1, 1997. The GoI recognised the unique history and situation of the  Nagas on July 11, 2002, through Amsterdam Joint Communique. On August 3, 2015, the Framework Agreement was signed between the GoI and NSCN as two entities. However, the GoI has backtracked from the Framework Agreement. This has hindered the step toward a negotiated political settlement. Therefore, there is an imperative need for a third-party intervention to break the deadlock,” it concluded.

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