Nagas want permanent solution not political package: NPF

Nagas want permanent solution not political package: NPF

Kohima, November 15: Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) Friday expressed hope that the positive conclusion of the October 31 talks on Naga political issue between the NSCN(IM) and Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) with the Government of India will usher in peace and tranquility in the State.
“Despite the failure to meet the deadline to conclude the Naga talks, which was repeatedly announced by the Nagaland Governor and Centre’s Interlocutor, R N Ravi, the political talks which has stretched on for more than 22 years has come to a logical positive conclusion on October 31 last,” said NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon at a media interaction held at the party’s central office here.
“We are happy and NPF party which has always stressed and also stands for an honourable solution of the protracted Naga political issue heartily welcomes the positive conclusion and we hope that the supposed agreement which is yet to be announced will usher in peace and tranquility in our society and also that it will be honourable,” he said.
Revealing that the NPF party along with the legislators led by opposition leader T R Zeliang were camped in Delhi during the last round of October talks, he said they met the leaders of both NSCN(IM) and NNPGs and had a positive interaction.
“We have appealed to both the groups to bury their past differences and come together for the sake of Naga people and a permanent solution,” he said.
“Both the groups have given very positive response and it is the desire of the party that the various Naga political groups comes together and finds an honourable solution with the Government of India.”
Kikon went on to state that it is also the desire of the entire Naga people that the Naga political issue comes to an end with a logical reasoning and honourable settlement.
“We hope GoI understands the urgency in finding an honourable solution to the Naga issue,” he said, adding it is also time for Nagas to understand each other and find the best possible way to come together and look for an honourable solution.
Kikon while asserting that NPF will continue to play the role of an active facilitator to the Naga political issue, said that it is not privy to the dialogue but expressed hope that the GoI understands that the Nagas deserve an honourable solution and not mere package but a permanent solution.
On a query on how positive are the NSCN(IM) and NNPGs on coming together after the October 31 talks with the Centre, he said they have now come closer to each other through the negotiations and that in itself is an achievement. He went on to state that now it is for the Naga people in general to work hard and bring them more closer.
Meanwhile, Kikon requested the Governor and Interlocutor to be more sensitive while speaking on the Naga issue.
Responding to another query as to whether the party desires to have the Framework Agreement made public, he said it will be too rude for us to ask to make public their discussions.
Further reacting on the overall functioning of the People’s Democratic Alliance Government led by NDPP, Kikon said, “there is no semblance of governance under the present arrangement, especially with regard to the road conditions”.
Despite their (PDA) promises to repair the roads within 60 days, which later was extended to 100 days, he said now in spite of almost 2 years in office the road condition remains same. They have failed, he said.
Meanwhile, Kikon said that the Naga People’s Front will hold its general convention on November 22 at Capital Convention Centre at 10:55 am. (Page News Service)