Eastern Arunachal tense over MHA – NSCN (IM) Meeting on August 09


The Eastern Naga National Government (ENNG), a political entity of Naga sub tribes living in Eastern parts of Arunachal has warned the people and their representatives in Tirap, Longding and Changlang (TLC) not to attend the proposed meeting on August 09 between the NSCN/GPRN and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in Deomali, Tirap District.

Following the warning by ENNG, Arunachal Pradesh’s eastern part became tense.

On August 05 last, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) urged the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu to halt the proposed meeting on August 09 between the NSCN/GPRN and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
AAPSU’s objections to the meeting were along the lines of the territorial integrity of the state, and that the consent of the people had not been taken.

The meeting was proposed by the Arunachal Naga Students Federation (ANSF), who had stated that the meeting was proposed to the Government of India so that the people of the three districts would be aware of the Framework Agreement and the peace process.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students Union (AAPBSU) issued a statement opposing the meeting. They termed it as a greater threat to the state’s territorial integrity than the threat posed by the Chinese claims.

The ENNG was formed on January 14, 2016. The group had declared the Naga areas in the three districts as a ‘peace zone’, and stated that they would not tolerate violence and extortion in the area. They had also resolved to set up an armed wing named the Eastern Naga Independent Army (ENIA) perhaps to ‘enforce the peace’.

ENNG had earlier said that they would not accept affecting the territorial integrity of TLC ( Tirap , Longding and Changlang) as a result of the Framework Agreement. They stated that the only solution to the Naga political issue is full fledged sovereignty.

The possibility of holding the talk between NSCN (IM) / GRPN and MHA  totally depends on Arunachal Pradesh BJP government Chief Minister Darjee Khandu may choose a balance path to satisfy all the groups. But Arunachal Pradesh had made its stand clear that there would be no territorial integrity compromise. However, NSCN(IM) in its proposed Nagalim had included the TLC.

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