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Summit pledges reconciliation
Published on 22 Aug. 2008 12:53 AM IST
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Participants of the Naga Peace Summit III representing Naga political groups, frontal Hohos, Churches and Civil Societies, have pledged to strengthen the on-going process of Naga reconciliation, unity and peace in the spirit of forgiveness and mutual acceptance. The summit, which commenced on August 17, at Chiang Mai, Thailand, concluded Thursday. A joint press statement issued by participants of the Summit said that in response to the general desire of the Naga people, the process of genuine reconciliation, unity and peace among the Nagas was being pursued with greater determination, and that there was no turning back. Some of the tasks set out by the participants of the Peace Summit include: •To reconcile on the basis of the historical and political rights of the Nagas; •To have wider and honest conversation that will build and strengthen better understanding among Nagas; •To constructively work together in addressing differences and difficulties of the ground realities that stand in the way of Naga reconciliation; •To exercise utmost restraint and shun all forms of confrontation and violence that may result in any further divisions among the Nagas; •To shift from negative attitudes fueled by fear, distrust, suspicion, skepticism, self-righteousness and confrontation to positive positions of trust, respect, dialogue and oneness through relationship building; •To enable and help facilitate a more participatory and accommodating process of reconciliation at all levels of Naga society; •To uphold the values of human rights and self-determination by overcoming all forms of sectarianism, discrimination and exploitation without territorial demarcation among fellow Nagas; •To forge an inclusive and united vision for the Naga people to peacefully live together and also with other communities around; and “These represent the core values on which we strive to establish people’s trust and accountability. It will be demonstrated through both substantive and symbolic non-violent actions to achieve Naga Reconciliation, Unity and Peace,” the release said.

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