Kohima, March 23: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio while stating that the top agenda of the PDA government is the resolution of the Indo-Naga political issue, today affirmed that the Government is committed to play the role of active facilitator in the ongoing peace process.
“Our government will make all possible efforts to create a congenial atmosphere that contributes towards realization of a solution that is honourable and acceptable to the people,” Rio said in his Budget speech in the Assembly.
He appealed to the negotiating parties of the peace process to expedite the political talks and bring lasting peace which will pave the way for development and progress.
He also appealed all sections of the Naga people, particularly the tribal Hohos, the mass based organizations, civil societies, NGOs, Churches and the people at large to come forward and support the peace process under a spirit of understanding, brotherhood and unity.
“We further appeal to the political groups to continue the spirit of oneness so that the cry and voice of the people is heard and lasting peace is realised,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rio while maintaining that that the need of the hour for Naga society is to vigorously pursue genuine peace and unity within ourselves and also create an environment of trust with our neighbours, said that PDA government will establish a Centre for Peace & Non- Violence.
“We need to create confidence and trust within us and combat the challenges of tribalism which is polarizing our society and at the same time build strong bonds of friendship with our neighbours so that we can mutually coexist and live together as trusting neighbours,” he said
Towards this objective, he said the government will establish a Centre for Peace and Non-Violence, which will bring together experienced minds which will make efforts to bring our society closer together and also strengthen ties with our neigbours.
He said the centre will combat the evils of violence, add a soothing touch to past misunderstandings like a healing balm on an injury.
“It will build trust, increase people-to-people contact, improve bilateral ties and increase mutual cooperation amongst us and with the neighboring states,” he said.
Rio said the present and future generation must grow up under an environment that allows them to strive towards their dreams and aspirations without the hurdles of violence and conflict “so that together we can become equal and achieving citizens of the global village.”
(Page News Service)