Dimapur, September 14: The NSCN (IM) has expressed grief at the demise of sitting Rajya Sabha member and former Union Minister, Oscar Fernandes.
In a condolence message, the NSCN (IM) stated that in 2005, during the UPA government, he was appointed by the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh as a leader of a Group of Ministers to talk with the NSCN leadership under former chairman Isak Chishi Swu and General Secretary, Th. Muivah.
“We fondly remember him coming to Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Bangkok (Thailand) in 2006 to discuss the Naga issue. We appreciate his sincerity to solve the Naga issue. We respect him for what he was. He was not an ordinary politician but a seasoned one. We regard him as the most liberal politician in India,” the NSCN (IM) stated.
Stating that in his death, the Nagas have lost a very important personality and friend who understand the Naga political issue, the NSCN (IM) expressed deepest condolences to the bereaved family members and to his many friends.
(Page News Service)