NPF Chairman for Common Front to Solve Naga Political Problem

Kohima: NPF Chairman Shurhozelie Liezietsu said efforts should be made to bring together the NSCN(IM) and the National Naga Political Groups Working Committee for a common front on the Naga peace talks as the Center cannot pursue separate dialogues with them.

The Centre, the former Nagaland chief minister said, will never have a “piecemeal settlement” or “separate settlement” on the issue with the two feuding groups.

Liezietsu, who was answering questions from reporters in Pfutseromi village in Phek district on Wednesday, said the Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF), which is an ally of the state’s multiparty government, can only act as a as a facilitator.

Disputing parties need to come to an understanding and we (the political parties) call on them to unite as the Indian government will never have piecemeal or separate settlements.

“Our main job now is to bring the two conflicting groups together to form a common front, otherwise the Indian government may not continue to have separate talks for a final solution to the Naga political issue,” Liezietsu said.

The Center signed two agreements Framework Agreement with the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) on August 3, 2015 and Agreed Position with the Working Committee of National Naga Political Groups (WC, NNPG), which consist of at least eight factions on November 17, 2017.

He had talks with both sides, with NSCN(IM) from 1997 and WC, NNPG from 2017. But no final solution was found as NSCN(IM) stood firm on his demand for a separate flag and constitution. for the Naga.

The Centre’s interlocutor, AK Mishra, visited the state from April 18 to 24 and held talks with the two Naga groups, in addition to holding meetings with the state government and civil societies. Naga.

Responding to a question, he said the NPF would go it alone in the national elections, due in early 2023, despite the party being a member of the multi-party United Democratic Alliance (UDA) government.

The UDA was formed in July 2021 with the aim of finding a solution to the Naga political talks.

“NPF MPs are working with the multi-party government, but that does not mean that the parties have come together. We still keep our entity… The NPF will participate alone in the next national elections, but if other political parties want to join us, we welcome them, Liezietsu said.

The NPF has 25 MPs in the current house, while the National Democratic Progressive Party has 21, the BJP 12 and the Independents two in the 60-member house.

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