14 tribes of Nagaland unite to support early solution

DIMAPUR, AUG 31 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/31/2019 10:46:52 AM IST

Fourteen tribes of Nagaland- Angami, Ao, Chakhesang, Lotha, Sumi, Zeliang, Pochury, Rengma including six ENPO tribes viz. Chang, Konyak, Phom, Sangtam, Khiamniungan and Yimchunger have unanimously decided to stand united in support of an early solution to the Naga political issue.

This was contained in a statement issued jointly by sessional chairman of the eight tribes, Chubawati Longchar and sessional secretary J. Yanthan. The two said the unanimous decision was arrived at during the joint meeting of eight tribes with the six ENPO tribes at Acacia hotel, Dimapur on Saturday. The signatories disclosed that the joint meeting on Saturday was a sequel to the decision of the eight tribes, made at the August 28 meeting held at APO hall Kohima to hold a meeting with the six tribes of ENPO. 

 Ao Senden president Chubawati Longchar chaired the meeting on Saturday at the request of the house and highlighted the purpose of convening the joint sitting. Longchar enlightened the members on the immediate and urgent need for expediting and facilitating the ongoing Naga Political negotiation as a solution which was imminent. He said in view of the Centre having set three-months time to resolve the Naga issue, “the paramount requirement is a unified agreement of all the tribes of Nagaland to the solution”.

ENPO president Kekongchim Yimchunger, on behalf of the six tribes under ENPO, acknowledged the call of the eight tribes and concurred that a unified stand and voice was the need. He further said that other considerations, if any, should in no way hinder the solution.  Various tribal leaders also the supplemented the suggestion made by the speakers. 

All the 14 tribes also resolved to meet the NSCN (I-M) and NNPGs as early as possible as a gesture of their solidarity. The tribes also decided to meet again at the earliest possible time.It may be recalled that the representatives of eight tribes, during a meeting on August 28, jointly resolved to stand firm and united to help bring about early and honourable solution. 

Besides this, the house also resolved to approach NSCN (I-M), NNPGs and Governor & Interlocutor, RN Ravi to share the contents of the negotiations for information and in order to dispel unwanted suspicion.

Nagaland Governor RN Ravi has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed the need to conclude the Naga peace process within three months.

He said the central government has resolved “all substantive issues” relating to the vexed Naga insurgency in the last five years.

“Before my appointment as Nagaland Governor, the PM had expressed the need to conclude the peace process within three months time...that is a long enough time because we have been talking and negotiating for the last 22 years,” Ravi said while addressing a large gathering at a grand civic reception organised in his honour at NBCC Convention Centre Kohima on August16.

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