Rajnath Singh says territorial integrity of NE states will not be compromised while finalising Naga pact

Allaying concerns of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced on Friday that the territorial integrity of these states would not be compromised while inking the final Naga peace accord.

“Territorial integrity of no state will be affected,” Singh told reporters at Shokhuvi in Nagaland on the sidelines of a ‘Sainik Sammelan’ of the paramilitary Assam Rifles.

He was replying to a question about the possibility of hampering the territorial integrity of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur by the impending peace agreement between the central government and Naga insurgency group NSCN-IM.

Singh stressed that the territorial integrity of the north-eastern states would not be compromised while concluding the final agreement on the Naga insurgency issue.

The three states strongly oppose the demand of the insurgent group NSCN-IM to integrate their Naga-inhabited areas.

Singh also said that violence perpetrated by insurgent groups in the Northeast has come down significantly — by 75 to 80 percent.

The home minister added the central government was committed to doing its best to fulfil the aspirations of the Naga people for a brighter tomorrow.

The insurgent group NSCN-IM’s key demand is to integrate the Naga-inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur, which has been strongly opposed by the three states, currently ruled by the BJP.

Earlier on 19 September, Nagaland Governor P B Acharya said that the vexed Naga issue would be solved within the next few months.

The NSCN-IM has been engaged in peace talks with the interlocutor of the central government since 1997 when it announced a ceasefire agreement after a bloody insurgency movement which started in Nagaland soon after the country’s Independence.

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