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Nov 22 unification - ‘a realization’
Staff Reporter KHEHOI, NOV 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Nov. 2008 12:29 AM IST
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‘GPRN/NSCN’ president, S.S. Khaplang termed the November 22, 2007 unification of the Naga underground factions at Hovishe village as the “realization of the Naga people, irrespective of tribal affiliations… with a common aspiration to defend our inalienable rights as a people-nation in unity.” Khaplang’s message was read out by MIP Kilonser, Alezo Venuh during the 1st anniversary celebration of the unification of Nagas at Khehoi designated camp, ‘GPRN/NSCN’, Saturday. Khaplang reminded the people of what he termed the “milestone achievement” in the history of Naga national movement when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the NSCN and NNC/FGN in April 1997 following which killings between the two groups halted. He said bloodshed had become a “once upon a time” subject between the NSCN and NNC/FGN today. He asserted that the two groups remained committed to peace and respecting brotherhood despite the difference in nomenclature. Khaplang appealed to all groups, to forgive and forget all past happenings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. “The past cannot be rectified but the future can be moulded”, he stated. Khaplang also pointed out that the present outcry of the Naga people in unison- to reconcile and unite among brethrens- has been clearly demonstrated through tireless peace and reconciliation meets as well as friendly football matches. ‘GPRN/NSCN’ kilo kilonser, Azheto Chophi presented the genesis of the Naga unification movement and how it survived in the face of various attempts to sabotage the unification process. He said the unification process was initiated in response to the long cry of the Naga people to unite in order to find a peaceful solution to the Naga political problem. He said it was also a response to the amnesty declared by NSCN (I-M) chairman, Isak Chishi Swu and general secretary Th. Muivah in 1998 and 2007 at Hovishe village, to “forgive and forget”. Azheto said the initiators of the unification process had made it clear that there was no question of tribal discrimination and that it firmly stood for Naga unification. Naga Hoho president, Keviletuo Keyho said it was difficult for the Hoho to take any decision when the unification movement was first started as there were skepticism, distrust, wild rumours and comments that contradicted one another. “Now that we have interacted with various political parties, we shall be there to protect and promote our people”, he said. He also urged the different underground factions to streamline their taxation policies so that the efforts of the reconciliation process will bear fruits. DBs & GBs Forum Nagaland, convenor, A. Taku Longkumer; FNR, convenor, Dr Wati Aier; NPMHR, convenor Dr. N. Venuh; NSF, president, Imchatoba; ENPO, advisor, Pohwang Konyak and general secretary Toshi; NBCC, Rev Vezopa and Western Sumi Kukami Hoho, president, Shikuto Zalipu etc spoke on the occasion which was attended by over 1000 people.

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