DIMAPUR, June 8 (NNN): The NSCN-IM has officially rubbished The Telegraph daily report that the Naga political issue will be settled in line with the 1986 Mizo Accord.
Terming the news as a mischievous reportage, the NSCN-IM said today that the Naga political solution that will emerge from the current political dialogue with the Government of India, will be on the basis of the ‘unique history and situation of the Nagas’ as mutually agreed between Government of India during Atal Bihari Vajpayee Prime Ministership and NSCN-IM on July 11, 2002 which shall be honorable and acceptable to both the parties (entities).
“With due regard and respect for the aspiration of other peoples in the region, the report of Shekhar Datta on May 28, 2014 in The Telegraph under the caption ‘Mizo truce plan mulled for Nagaland’ wherein ‘Nagaland is likely to go the Mizoram way, 17 years after peace talks began with the NSCN (Isak-Muivah) in 1997’ comparing the Indo-Naga political negotiated settlement on the line of Mizo Truce is totally unfounded and baseless,” the NSCN-IM stated today.
The May 28 edition of The Telegraph quoting a senior Intelligence Bureau (IB) official had said that after an Accord is signed NSCN-IM chairman Isak Chisi Swu will become the chief minister of Nagaland.
In 1986, the then Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was instrumental in signing the Mizo Accord with the Mizo National Front (MNF) led by Laldenga. Lal Thanhawla later had to leave his chair as the chief minister of Mizoram paving way to implement the Accord. Laldenga became the chief minister then.
On line with this Accord, the IB official was quoted by The Telegraph saying the Naga case too will be similar to the Mizo Accord.
However, this was very much contrary to what NSCN-IM leader Th Muivah told the media few months ago. Muivah on more than one occasions had said that the Naga political settlement should be made based on the ‘unique history of the Nagas’ saying that it should be ‘honourable and acceptable to the Nagas. Th Muivah also very often says that without ‘Naga integration’ there cannot be final settlement of the Naga issue.