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Factions meet under reconciliation banner

Leaders of various Naga national groups along with members of FNR pose for lens after the reconciliation meet held in Dimapur, Tuesday.
Published on 10 Sep. 2008 1:46 AM IST
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As a follow up of the reconciliation process initiated by Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) between Naga underground groups, which began in Chiang Mai, Thailand, twenty one Naga national leaders from different groups met in Dimapur Tuesday to further build the process of reconciliation, as agreed in “The Covenant of Common Hope.” FNR in a press release said the Naga National leaders at the level of kilonsers and deputy kilonsers, in the presence of the FNR, deliberated with great concern and seriousness on the tasks to be accomplished. To pave the way for realization of ‘The Covenant of Common Hope,’ the Naga national parties and the FNR, along with the deepest desire of the Nagas, agreed to work out the details of “turning swords into plowshares” (ceasefire) at the earliest time frame, the release said. “Turning swords into plowshares symbolizes the total abandonment of guns into a new instrument namely, plowshares. It is a powerful metaphor of renewal, refurbishment, re-energizing, and rejuvenation. In the final analysis it is all about life and livelihood leading to peace and harmony through the dignified works of the plowers,” the release added. And despite the “prevailing pessimism,” FNR also entreated Nagas to trust God in the work of reconciliation and called upon everyone living in the Naga areas to understand and affirm that reconciliation was “every man and woman’s calling.” Towards this end, FNR has requested every Naga tribal body to attend the Naga Reconciliation meeting on September 25 to be held at the Sumi Baptist Church, Dimapur, starting 10 a.m. The forum asked each tribal organization to bring fifteen or more members, led by the respective presidents and general secretaries, including members from woman organizations to the meeting. FNR further reminded all participants of the meeting to take a note of the poor road condition along NH- 39 and accordingly plan to attend the meeting on time. It may be mentioned that all the Naga national parties (NSCN, GPRN/NSCN, FGN, and the NNWSG) which attended the Chaing Mai III, had “agreed to be reconciled before God and fellow brothers and sisters in the spirit of confession and forgiveness.”

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