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NLA resolution on Naga issue exposes lack of political will for solution, says Congress

By EMN Updated: Feb 20, 2021 10:36 pm

Dimapur, Feb. 20 (EMN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has termed the recent resolution passed by the Nagaland State Assembly on the Naga issue as “anti-people” and that it indicated lack of political will to bring about solution.

In a press release issued on Saturday, NPCC president K Therie claimed that the legislators had no suggestion for solution as they didn’t understand the contents of the ‘framework agreement’ signed in 2015 and the ‘agreed position’ reached in 2017.

The state governor could not find support from the state assembly as the resolution is an expression of mistrust of his statement that “talks have concluded”, read the press release, adding that “solution” was possible had they supported the governor and Indian government’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks.

“We all know that GOI has made it loud and clear on what is negotiable and what is not negotiable. After 23 years of negotiation they have at least made clear what is givable and what is not givable. The stakeholders have also made clear what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to the Interlocutor. In negotiation, bargaining and some disagreements are normal. There is nothing wrong to agree to disagree on some issues to allow time to heal,” read the press release.

It said the NLA is responsible for Nagaland citizens and “it may have goodwill and wishes for all Naga brothers and sisters to live in peace”. “We cannot underestimate neighbour Nagas for they are capable and are more efficient in making self determination (sic),” it added.

The Congress said that the ‘framework agreement’ and ‘agreed position’ propose: ‘The existing political structures will be improved by way of increasing seats in Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha, State Assembly and creation of Upper House, and to strengthen and improve structures for all round growth; resettlement schemes; and economic packages’.

It went on to say that the party has taken up the matter with AICC for support in Parliament, as it expects the proposals to benefit the stakeholders.

By EMN Updated: Feb 20, 2021 10:36:26 pm