DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 28: The Political Affairs Mission (PAM) of the NPF has stated that the Naga people desires permanent peace and was hopeful that the Indo-Naga solution this time will bring lasting peace in the North East region.
“A permanent peace is what the Naga people desire and unlike the 16-Point Agreement and the Shillong Accord which were signed in 1960 and 1975 respectively, the negotiations this time spanning over 23 years and culminating with the signing of the historic Framework Agreement in 2015 and the Agreed Positions in 2017 should bear a lasting peace in the region,” said NPF PAM convener, TR Zeliang in a meeting with NEDA convener Himanta Biswa Sarma today.
According to a press communiqué issued by the NPF press bureau, Zeliang called on Himanta Biswa at his office chamber and discussed the Naga political issue. He appreciated the Government of India for roping him (Sarma) in to take active participation to resolve the Naga issue and bring peace in the region.
“Sarma’s involvement in the peace process is a big boon to the Naga people and the Northeast region in general as he is someone who understands and knows the sentiments of the people in the region,” he said.
Zeliang appraised Sarma on the activities undertaken by the NPF under PAM, such as meetings held with the two Naga negotiating groups and also various apex civil organizations of Nagaland. He said the desire and opinion of the Naga people is an early solution.
The PAM expects that this time the solution should be acceptable, honourable and inclusive so that Nagas, along with the entire region of Northeast India, will be able to contribute to the progress and development with peace in the region, he said.
Zeliang also informed that PAM members would be proceeding to Delhi to meet the collective leadership of the NSCN (IM) to discuss the competency clauses of the agreement so that a clearer picture can be drawn “as we cannot afford more assumptions which can mislead the people.”
The NPF hoped that the GoI should come out with a single ‘Draft Accord’ so that all the stakeholders may take a call on such draft agreement and support the early solution in clear terms.
Both Zeliang and Sarma agreed that a common draft for one solution and one accord is necessary to be formulated and discussed amongst the stakeholders, the communiqué said.
Sarma took serious note of the suggestions placed before him, the communiqué further said, and expressed hoped that he will give his sincere effort towards hammering out a resolution to the Naga political issue.
(Page News Service)