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Nagas living under insecurity: Chingwang

Chingwang Konyak
Published on 18 Aug. 2008 12:40 AM IST
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Leader of the Congress Legislator Party(CLP) Chingwang Konyak has lamented about the prevailing situation in Nagaland where Nagas from one place felt insecure to visit other Naga inhabited areas freely. “It is not that Nagas fear Indian army nor other security forces but they (Nagas) fear their own brothers,” he told NEPS here today. He said, “unless and until this barrier is completely removed, no solution to the Naga political issue would be forthcoming.” In this connection, the veteran Congress leader said that the first and foremost step the Nagas should pursue was “peace and unity” amongst themselves before they set out for any peace process and political negotiation with the Government of India. “Where is the logic to have political negotiation or peace process with the Government of India, when killings amongst Naga brethren continue unabated,” he said. Konyak also said cease fires were rendered meaningless because the government could not enforce the ground rules as mutually agreed upon between the signatories. “Therefore, I have been telling the Government that it should strictly enforce the cease fire ground rules,” he said. Asked about the role of DAN’s Political Affairs Committee(PAC) towards reconciliation and unity among the underground factions, Konyak wondered if the efforts of the PAC would bring any progress towards reconciliation amongst factions. “As far as past experience is concerned, I don’t think PAC’s meeting with leaders of various factions will bring reconciliation and unity amongst leaders of various factions.” Konyak however, said the realization of unity must first come from the leaders of factions before any settlement. Asked if he had any hope that state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio would facilitate the narrowing of differences between the factions, Chingwang said, “I don’t think so.” The CLP leader further said “Rio might have tried to do something, but as I said no progress would be there unless there is a realization of unity among the underground leaders.” . Konyak also alleged that Rio’s equi-closeness policy had brought more division rather than bringing closeness amongst the factions in the State.

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