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NSCN (IM) Calls For A New Federal Arrangement

CNN IBN traveled to Camp Hebron and Mount Gilead Camp of NSCN (IM)

NSCN (IM) want a special federal arrangement with India

NSCN (IM) wants Nagas to manage their own law & order, local economy and let India manage foreign affairs, defense and currency

NSCN (IM) has been demanding a separate statehood ie. Greater Nagaland culled out of Naga dominated parts of Manipur.

NSCN (IM) has been engaged in a ceasefire with the government of India for last 9 years

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"We have even proposed to the Government of India (GOI) that let us arrive at a sort of an agreement that these two nations - India and Nagaland remain inseparable entities. Two nations bound together with that special agreement but with respective identities," Gen VS Atem, Special Emissary to collective leadership of National Socialist Council of Nagalim, Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM) told CNN IBN Special Investigation Team. The next round of talks between the GOI and NSCN (IM) is scheduled to be held in the next 10 days in Amsterdam.

CNN IBN Special Investigation got exclusive access to the insurgent group's Hebron and Mount Gilead Camps in Nagaland. NSCN (IM) has been engaged in a cease-fire with the GOI for last 9 years. The President of Naga Ho Ho, an apex Naga tribal body, has also come out in support of the NSCN (IM) proposal. Keviletus Kiewhuo, told the CNN IBN Special Investigation Team: "A new dimension has to come up where it makes Nagas a part of India and India a part of Nagaland. Where both become inseparable sovereign instead of being a one nation state and quarrel over it."

The NSCN (IM) put forth a four-point proposal to make peace with India.

1. India and Nagaland will remain inseparable entities

2.A special constitutional arrangement will cement this federal arrangement

3.The Nagas will manage their own law and order, and local economy

4.While Foreign Affairs, Currency, Banking and Defence will remain with India

NSCN (IM) expressed full confidence in Indian currency but the core of a final peace settlement is also - recognition of their traditional form of governance through the Naga Ho assembly of Naga tribal leaders-which they call the purest form of democracy.

NSCN (IM) aspires for a Greater Nagaland culled out of four Manipuri districts ie. Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel and Tamenglong. A demand opposed by the splinter group NSCN (K). Clashes between the two have claimed 200 lives in the last four years.

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