PRESS STATEMENT, the 15th April, 2023: Rejoinder to Naga-American Council’s Press Statement

Ministry of Information and Publicity

Oking, the 15th April, 2023

Significantly, the Indo-Naga political issue had come to be recorded as one of the oldest political issues in the world. Naturally, it had drawn the attention and sympathy of many international organizations around the world. For the same reason, Washington DC based Naga-American Council is one such organization that has shown keen interest on Indo-Naga affairs.

Though the organization’s objective is targeted towards establishing cooperation in socio-political issues for promoting peace and development in Nagaland, it is in no way connected to NSCN in any manner. While we appreciate the concern of the Naga-American Council on the ongoing Indo-Naga political development, its comments and statements on the Naga issue dated the 14th April, 2023, does not reflect the official policy and stand of NSCN/GPRN.

The Naga flag is the identity of Naga nationhood and does not have different meaning as mentioned by the Naga-American Council press statement. Such a bewildering understanding of flag with respect to Naga flag is highly regretted. We understand that Naga-American Council must have given their interpretation of flag from the American context and not from the Naga context.

The August 3, 2015 Framework Agreement (FA) between the GoI and the NSCN/GPRN recognizes the Indo-Naga conflict as political. It also acknowledges the unique history and position of the Nagas and the FA is signed on the cornerstone of sovereignty. There is no ambiguity in the FA, therefore, in the Indo-Naga political agreement the GoI must honor and implement in letter and spirit the FA and recognize the Naga National flag and constitution.