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Consensus vital for unity: NPCC
Published on 7 Mar. 2009 12:56 AM IST
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Expressing happiness over the formation of the Overseas Nagas Association (ONA), NPCC hoped that the formation of such Association would help push forward the ongoing dialogue between the Government of India and the Naga underground leaders. The NPCC through its vice president, Zacilhu Vadeo, however expressed regret that the ruling DAN under the chief ministership of Neiphiu Rio had refused to accept the reality that the participation of the Congress party in such crucial Naga issue was “extremely essential.” NPCC said that the Indian National Congress, as one of the largest political parties in the world had given freedom, democracy and development to the nation. NPCC also said it was still very fresh in the minds of the Naga people that the six rounds of Prime Ministerial Level talks were held during the Congress Prime Ministerships of Late Indira Gandhi and Late P.V. Narasimha Rao. It reminded that Late Rao publicly declared that the Naga issue was political and that it should be solved politically. Since then, many positive developments have taken place, it added. NPCC further said that the Congress-led UPA Government under Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has fulfilled one and only demand of the Naga people and those who are party in talks, by appointing a Ministerial Team headed by Oscar Fernandez to directly have political negotiation with the Naga underground leaders. Stating that all these have clearly displayed the sincerity of the Congress Prime Ministers, the NPC lamented “this reality has not gone down well here in Nagaland as the DAN chief minister has not accepted the repeated request of the Congress party that they be included in the discussion that is related to the vexed Naga political issue.” It reminded that NPCC president KV Pusa had recently made it clear the Congress party’s mind that any Political Affairs Committee (PAC) working for the unity or reconciliation or any matter relating to the Naga issue should have broad consensus of all political parties. Pusa had said that the current PAC could not represent all the Naga people as it was restricted to few political parties only.NPCC said neither the ruling DAN nor the PAC has approached the Congress party till date on the matter. NPCC said its consistent stand was that the Naga political issue has to be resolved through peaceful and democratic means which should be honorable and acceptable to all sections of the Naga society.

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