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NCM to set up new forum

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio flanked by convenor Dr T M Lotha (extreme right) and co-convenor Z Lohe of the 3-day Naga Meet during press briefing at Hotel Japfu on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 7(NPN):
Published on 8 Mar. 2009 1:00 AM IST
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Rio says new forum to carry forward NCM resolutions A new common forum will be formed to carry forward the resolutions adopted on the conclusion of the three-day Naga Consultative Meet held in Kohima from March 5 to 7. Disclosing this to news persons, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who was the main host of the meet, said the new forum would consist of members drawn from the Naga Hoho, ENPO, FNR, Church organization and other apex civil organizations. He said it was felt imperative to form a common platform to carry forward the Naga political issue as the FNR which is a spiritual platform for Naga reconciliation cannot handle the political issue. The three-day meet organized by the DAN’s Political Affairs Committee concluded with a six-point resolution which among others decided to constitute a “common platform” to carry forward the Naga political issue and also the slogan “One Dream, One Future”. Resolving to support the ongoing peace process, the meet urged the government of India to be more sincere to bring about an honourable, acceptable and lasting solution to the vexed Naga political problem. The participation of Non Resident Nagas ( later formed into the Overseas Naga Association) was significant. The meet further called for immediate cessation of fratricidal killings among the different Naga underground groups and declaration of cease fire among the different Naga underground groups. It was also resolved to fully support and cooperate with the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR). The meet further resolved to recognize the suffering of the Eastern Nagas (Nagas in present Myanmar) and to work for their recognition and overall political and social uplift. Reacting to a query on the outcome of the meet, Rio said the meet had gone beyond the issue of reconciliation and went to the Naga political issue as there are other platforms like the FNR which is looking after the issue of Naga reconciliation. Asked as to why the meet was confined to the Nagas of Nagaland which consist of only 16 major tribes out of the total 46 Naga tribes, Rio justified that Nagas of Nagaland had to first set its house in order to invite other Nagas, as the Nagaland itself was rife with division. He said participation of Nagas outside Nagaland can only be feasible after Nagaland is united. Referring to the ongoing ceasefire and negotiation, he stressed that the difficulties of India should also be acknowledged. He also said as chief minister of state working under the Constitution of India, he had to speak in terms of practicability and that India and Nagas need each other although Nagas cannot compromise their identity.

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