Tribal bodies urge WC NNPGs to resume talks with GoI

Tribal bodies urge WC NNPGs to resume talks with GoI

Dimapur, June 5: In the wake of the Working Committee, Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) suspending negotiations with the Government of India in protest against what it alleged is the “clandestine raids” on residences of prominent Naga national leaders, various tribal bodies of Nagaland and GBs today appealed to the WC NNPGs to reconsider its decision to keep the ongoing negotiation under suspension and to resume the process without delay.
The appeal was made at a consultative meeting convened by the WC NNPGs at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur on Tuesday. The primary objective was to brief all the apex tribal leaders, GBs and prominent personalities, including women representatives, on the current political dialogue between the GoI and NNPGs.
In the meeting, WC convener N Kitovi Zhimomi informed that the essence and spirit of 1951 Naga plebiscite was very much alive and visible on major issues in the present negotiations.
The WC also asserted that if Naga inhabited areas cannot be integrated at this hour, honourable and acceptable political solution must be guaranteed to Nagas in Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, enabling Nagas to be their own masters in their ancestral lands.
The meeting unanimously passed a resolution supporting the existing ceasefire between GoI and NNPGs. “The Nagas support the ongoing political negotiation which is possible only under the atmosphere of peace. When the parties agreed to have ceasefire, it is normal and obvious that terms and conditions were laid down for the participants to uphold and act accordingly in letter and spirit,” it said.
The house, however, observed with disquiet that the Indian security forces continue to antagonize, particularly prominent Naga National leaders with clandestine raids of their homes without such raids being warranted. “Raid implies suspicious actions against someone whose action is considered to be anti-people. The ceasefire is the thesis and the raid is antithesis and therefore political negotiations and raids cannot go hand in hand,” it observed.
Resolving that the Nagas desires sustainable peace in our land above anything else and that peace can be borne out of solution alone, the house resolved that it will not allow any unwanted developments to hamper or derail the progress of negotiation process. It said the raids on the homes of some NNPG leaders are detrimental to peaceful negotiation.
In this light, the house expressed disapproval of the atrocious raids conducted by security forces and resolved to urge GoI to show its commitment to ceasefire terms and conditions and to ongoing political negotiation in action.
The meeting sought opinions of all stakeholders in a free, frank and transparent manner. All apex tribal representatives, women representatives, ENPO and invitees expressed hope that the ongoing dialogue would fulfil the aspiration of the Naga people, informed a statement issued by the media cell, WC, NNPGs.
Tribal bodies, representatives and GBs that attended the meeting included Ao Senden, Angami Public Organisation, Chakhesang Public Organisation, Chang Khullen Satchang, Central Nagaland Tribes Council, Eastern Naga People’s Organisation, Gorkha Union Dimapur, Khiamnungan Tribal Council, Konyak Union, Kuki Inpi Nagaland, Lotha Hoho, Nagaland Tribes Council, Nagaland GB Federation & all units, Pochury Hoho, Phom People’s Council, Rengma Hoho, Sumi Hoho, United Sangtam Likhum Bumji, Yimchunger Tribal Council and Zealiang People’s Organisation. (Page News Service)