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Arunachal: Naga accord shouldn’t affect state, asserts students’ body

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has asserted that the proposed accord between the Centre and the NSCN-IM to resolve the decades-old Naga problem should not impact the territorial jurisdiction of Arunachal Pradesh.

The AAPSU’s statement came in the wake of media reports about the Prime Minister’s Office setting a September deadline for the culmination of the ongoing talks between the Central Government and the NSCN-IM.

The students’ body has categorically stated that any agreement between the Centre and the NSCN-IM should not affect Arunachal Pradesh and its people in any manner.

“The union is very much aware of the NSCN-IM’s vision of Nagalim or Greater Nagaland but there is no ‘Nagas’ in Arunachal Pradesh. We have always objected to their designs with vested interests. All tribes, including Nocte, Wanchos, Tutsas, Tangsas, etc., inhabiting the State are Arunachalees and Indians,” it said.

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It added that the Union Government should stand by the assurances given by Nagaland Governor and interlocutor RN Ravi when a AAPSU team led by the then president Kamta Lapung and general secretary GS Biru Nasi called on him in 2015. They were assured that the Arunachal Pradesh Government and other stakeholders in the State would be consulted before the final draft of the accord is prepared.

The AAPSU said it had submitted numerous representations to President Ram Nath Kovind, the then Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the State Government in this matter.

Welcoming the initiative taken by the successive governments to resolve the Naga issue, the AAPSU said, “We would like to make it very clear that the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh will strongly oppose any attempt to change the territorial jurisdiction of the State or any kind of administrative, political or other interventions while reaching the final solution to the seven-decade-old insurgency problem in Nagaland.

The union further demanded that the State Government, all 60 MLAs and the three MPs of the State and the political parties should strongly oppose any possible attempt to alter the State’s territorial jurisdiction and administration due to the proposed accord with the NSCN-IM.

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