Nagas’ sovereignty recognised in 2015 pact, says Muivah

Thuingaleng Muivah

Thuingaleng Muivah  

National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) (NSCN-IM) leader Thuingaleng Muivah on Friday said the Government of India recognised the Nagas’ sovereignty when it signed the 2015 framework agreement and that the Nagas would coexist but not merge with India.

The 86-year-old leader said they were not asking the government for a Naga flag and a separate constitution, as “recognise them or not, we have our own flag and constitution.” Mr. Muivah said in a speech: “the Nagas will coexist with India, sharing sovereign powers as agreed in the framework agreement... But they will not merge with India.”

The speech comes at a time when the talks have hit rough weather, with the Naga group seeking the removal of interlocutor and Nagaland Governor R.N. Ravi.

Earlier this week, the NSCN-IM, for the first time, released the details of the 2015 framework agreement, which stated that the Centre had agreed on “sharing the sovereign power” and provide for an “enduring inclusive new relationship of peaceful co-existence of the two entities”.

The Intelligence Bureau has been holding discussions with Mr. Muivah, who has been camping in New Delhi for more than a fortnight. Mr. Ravi did not turn up for a scheduled meeting with the NSCN leadership on Thursday.

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