November 25, 2017

Deal with NSCN-IM not at cost of our land: AAPSU to Rajnath

TAP | Updated: May 12, 2017

ITANAGAR, May 12: A delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Friday submitted a memorandum to Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, seeking clarity on the contentious ‘Framework Agreement’ between the Centre and the NSCN-IM.

AAPSU president Hawa Bagang and general secretary Tobom Dai led the delegation.

While welcoming New Delhi’s move for a permanent solution to the decades-old conflict with the Naga extremist group, the AAPSU warned that the peace process should not lead to “even an inch of land from the existing territory of Arunachal Pradesh” being seized.

“Territorial integrity is an emotive issue, so we appeal to the union government to maintain utmost transparency and take along all the stakeholders for achieving any tangible solution in this matter,” the AAPSU letter read.

Responding the union’s demand, Singh categorically said any agreement with the NSCN-IM will have the sanction and blessings of all stakeholders and no arbitrary decision would be taken. He also said that his ministry was well aware of people’s sentiment associated with this issue.

Regarding AAPSU’s earlier demand for appointment of a regular governor in state, Singh said that the prime minister would soon take a call.

On the Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute, the union minister said, “It’s the best time for hammering out a permanent solution with both the states headed by the BJP.”

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