No intimation on Naga Framework pact: Patowary

 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – The State government has not received till date any official intimation concerning the signing of the Framework Agreement of Naga peace process between the Centre and the NSCN(IM) in 2015.Stating this in the Assembly today while replying to a call attention by Congress legislator Ajanta Neog who asked the State government to clarify from the Centre on the contents of the agreement, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the State government would never compromise on the territorial integrity of the State and that the Centre had also repeatedly assured that there would be no alteration of the existing boundaries of any northeastern state in connection with the Naga peace agreement.

Earlier, Neog said that the Framework Agreement failed to take into account the legitimate apprehensions of the people of Assam and “even today, we do not know what’s there in the agreement.”

Pointing out that post-agreement NSCN(IM) general secretary Th Muivah had spoken about getting closer to their long-cherished goal of sovereignty and integration of Naga-inhabited territories, Neog said that the baffling silence by the Centre on the issue of possible territorial changes of Nagaland’s neighbouring states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, and the reluctance of the Assam government to get a clarification from the Centre on the clauses of the peace accord served to fuel tension and apprehension in the minds of the people in Assam.

“As long as the people do not know what is there in the accord, no amount of assurances by the Centre will help to assuage the feelings of the people. The accord was done by keeping the neighbouring states in the dark. Let the Centre come out in the open with the contents of the accord,” she said, adding that everybody welcomes an amicable solution to the Naga issue but “that cannot be acceptable at the cost of Assam.”

She suggested that an all-party delegation from the House met the Prime Minister, seeking a clarification on the matter.

Referring to the recent violence at Maibang in Dima Hasao district following the reported statement of an RSS functionary saying that the district would be a part of ‘Greater Nagalim’ as part of the peace pact, Neog also sought a clarification on the matter.

Patowary gave an account of the initiatives of the State government to check Naga encroachment on Assam’s borderland and said that the State government was for maintaining status quo along the disputed portions till a lasting solution was evolved.

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