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JLF: From Naga political issue to ‘Nagaland political issue’


Same old reiteration by Naga lawmakers

Kohima December 19: A paradigm shift from Joint Legislators’ Forum on Naga political issue to “Nagaland political issue” now, as the going Naga political negotiation between the Union Government and Naga militant groups is reportedly inching towards inking an agreement.
The JLF has been supporting demand for integration of Naga contiguous areas to resolve the protracted Naga political problem with the Union Government and the Nagaland Assembly has never talked of “Nagaland Political issue”, but Naga political issue.
However, a press release issued Wednesday after a meeting of the Parliamentary Working Committee of Joint Legislators’ Forum has changed from “Naga political issue” to “Nagaland political issue”, which indicates change of course in the Naga peace process.
Today’s meeting was held under the chairmanship of Speaker in-charge, Zhaleo Rio at the Committee Hall of Nagaland Legislative Assembly where Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio and all the Members representing different political parties attended and adopted resolutions.
The House appealed the negotiating parties to expedite the Indo-Naga political dialogue so that an early negotiated political settlement that is honourable and acceptable to the people could be arrived at the earliest possible.
“The House appreciates the Government of India for its sincerity in the ongoing negotiations and for its accommodative and inclusive approach and for its widespread consultations with all sections. The House appreciates and welcomes the participation of the different Naga Political Groups who have come forward and joined the negotiations with the Government of India with the sincere effort to resolve the Indo-Naga political conflict. The House appealed to all Naga national political groups to come forward and join the negotiations and participate in the peace talks so that the fina solution is inclusive. The House further extends its appreciation to the various organisations, civil society groups and the masses for organising peaceful and democratic rallies appealing for early resolution of the Indo-Naga political problem,” the resolution stated.
Today’s meeting also acknowledged the contributions and sacrifices of all sections, especially the Naga groups and their families who have selflessly worked and fought for the rights of the Nagas. Further the House also appreciated the role of the civil society groups, church, tribal Hohos and NGOs which have positively contributed towards the Naga political issue reaching thus far. “The efforts towards unity and reconciliation are acknowledged and placed on record,” the resolution added.
“The House place on record its commitment towards the democratic desire of the Naga people to live together under one administrative umbrella while appealing to all sections, especially the civil society groups and hohos, to have confidence in the strengthening of the Naga family and come together under a spirit of oneness so that we collectively work towards unity and not towards fragmentation of the Naga family,” JLF resolution said.
The meeting also expressed condolences on the demise of Gen. (Rtd) Kholi Konyak, Vice Chairman of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) on December 12 at New Delhi stating that his contributions and sacrifices towards the Naga political movement will remain acknowledged by all generations to come.
“The House reiterated the stand of the State Government and the Nagaland Legislative Assembly to pave way for any alternative arrangement that may come about from the political solution which is honourable and acceptable to the people,” said the meeting resolution. (Page News Service)