The United Naga Tribes Association of Border Areas (UNTABA) has submitted a memorandum to the Nagaland Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu to take action in bringing about a resolution to the vexed boundary issue between the states of Nagaland and Assam.
The UNTABA memorandum issued by its Chairman Hukavi T. Yeputhomi demanded that a resolution be adopted seeking Parliament to consider for amendment in the State of Nagaland Act, 1962, Section 3 & 4 in the August House of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
The memorandum asked that the implementation of points 12 and 13 of the 16 Points Agreement of 1960 be vigorously pursued so as to “amalgamate the traditional and historical Naga lands in Assam to the present state of Nagaland. The memorandum also called for consideration of appeal of the concerned Naga citizens to file a suitable petition on the Supreme Court praying for the implementation of the 9 Points Agreement of 1947 for the amalgamation and “bringing back the traditional and historical Naga lands in Assam to Nagaland as agreed between the then Emissaries of the Government of India and the Naga people (NNC).”
The memorandum further urged the Chief Minister to direct the concerned Department to maintain clear Naga-Ahom traditional and political boundary in all official documents “since the stand of the Naga people is no more or less than its historical records of time immemorial.” The UNTABA meanwhile reminded that it has been exploring all possible initiatives towards resolving the border issue.
The UNTABA also informed that it has held extensive consultations with all stake holders including central and state leaders, other agencies and legal luminaries. It claimed that the Naga people are “convinced that the boundary issue needs to be settled by political decision since Nagaland as the 16th state in the Union of India was created on political agreement keeping in abeyance the boundary demarcation to be undertaken in due course of time in accordance to the Constitutional provisions of Article 3 & 4 of the Constitution of India.”
While expecting prompt action from the new Chief Minister towards this end, the UNTABA memorandum also asked him to consider allowing the Department of Law and Justice to directly be involved with the Border Affairs Department to pursue the ongoing litigation process in the Supreme Court.