“Ball is in Centre’s court”: NSCN-IM sticks to separate Flag & Constitution demand

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On 14 August 1947, members of the Naga National Council had declared independence from the British in order to be seen as a separate nation from India.
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"Peace parley meaningless under the shadow of AFSPA": NSCN (IM)
NSCN_IM leader Muivah

Guwahati: The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) has reiterated that it would not give up its primary demands of a separate flag and constitution for Nagaland.

Earlier in April, the Centre via its interlocutor SK Mishra had told NSCN-IM that it would only allow a separate flag for cultural activities.

Though the framework agreement between the Centre and the NSCN-IM was signed in 2015 to end the decades-old insurgency in Nagaland and to address the demand of a sovereign Nagaland comprising of areas of Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Myanmar, the peace process hit a stalemate as NSCN-IM continued to press for a separate flag and constitution.

NSCM-IM leader Thuingaleng Muivah on Monday said, “The Naga flag and constitution are indivisible parts of the recognised sovereignty and unique history. We believe the Indian leaders, too, understand it.”

He said that the ball was now in the court of the Government of India to make the right move and to fulfill the commitment given to the Nagas, adding that a ceasefire without political negotiations held no meaning.

On 14 August 1947, members of the Naga National Council — the parent body of the NSCN-IM had declared independence from the British in order to be seen as a separate nation from India. The organisation has been observing Naga Independence Day on August 14 since then.

Nagaland chief minister Nephiu Rio during the speech on the 76th Independence Day celebraton in Kohima said that the people of Nagaland have been waiting for a solution to the Naga crisis.

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