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Don’t include Naga areas in proposed KAATC: Naga Hoho

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JUNE 10: Reacting to the proposed move to create the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC), the Naga Hoho (NH) has demanded that Naga areas should not be included under the purview of the proposed KAATC.

“We do acknowledge any move for conflict transformation and building peace between various political groups and the Governments but not at the cost of ignoring the historical and political rights of the Nagas and therefore Naga areas should not be included under the purview of the proposed creation of KAATC”, it said in a statement.
The NH stated that the past mistake of ignoring land boundary issue among various communities in Karbi Anglong should not be repeated so as to avoid misunderstanding and dispute in the future.
“The Naga people living in the Naga Rengma Hills were kept in the dark when the State of Assam was created by the GoI. Inclusion of land and its inhabitants in the formation of state without their consent is outright injustice done and hence we remonstrate that the GOI and the state of Assam to take into account all stakeholders before signing any agreement in the near future”, it said.
The NH also insisted that the ongoing political talk between the GoI and the Naga people should be respected with serious consideration. “The agreement, if any, reached between GoI and the state of Assam in regards to KAATC, should not in any way create misunderstanding or hamper the more than 20 years of Indo-Naga political talk.”

Stating that Nagaland and Assam is and will continue to be neighboring States, the NH asserted the need to have cordial atmosphere and friendly relationship with each other. “We expect permanent peace will be ushered in with the conclusion of talk between the GOI and the Naga people”, it said.
The Naga Hoho urged the GoI and the Assam Government to take into account the points raised by it while dealing with the issue of proposed KAATC and not take any hasty decision which may bring more harm than benefit to the people in the region.
(Page News Service)