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Governors plea to factions

Governor K. Sankaranarayanan addressing the 3rd session of the 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Tuesday. (DIPR)
Correspondent Kohima, Mar 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Mar. 2009 12:52 AM IST
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Governor K Sankaranarayanan has appealed to the underground groups to stop fratricidal killings and bloodshed and move towards reconciliation and unity. Addressing the 3rd session of the Eleventh Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, the Governor also credited churches, NGOs, civil societies, Forum for Naga Reconciliation and GBs and DBs Federation for their efforts in reduction of violence in the state during the last one year, especially since July 1 last year. He also lauded the restraints shown by the underground groups. He further expressed gratitude to the NGOs, civil societies and churches for their sincere efforts and contributions towards reconciliation and unity amongst the Naga family. Sankaranarayanan also lauded the efforts of security forces, central para-military forces, state police, state level strategy group and district coordination groups for their commendable efforts in maintaining peace in the state. The Governor further reiterated that the state government’s commitment to facilitate a negotiated settlement of the Naga political problem and added the government would continue to act as an active facilitator in the ongoing peace process. He further said the government also stood by the earlier commitment to pave the way for an alternative arrangement that may be necessary in the event of a permanent settlement. He also commended the Political Affairs Committee of DAN for convening the three-day Naga Consultative Meet at Kohima under the theme “One Dream, One Future” to exchange views and suggestions to take forward the Naga political issue towards a peaceful resolution. Explaining that the district administration and police represent the face of the government, the Governor assured that efforts would be made to make these organs of the government effective and result oriented. He informed that the government was also in the process of raising a few special police commando companies to enable our police to deal with the rising level of violence in the country more effectively. The motion of thanks to the Governor’s address was moved by MLA Shetoyi and was seconded by MLA CL John. Meanwhile, NLA Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie announced in the House that there will be no amendment in Governor’s speech and that the discussion on his address will take place on March 12 after a day’s recess on March 11. Leader of the House Neiphiu Rio and leader of Opposition Chingwang Konyak made obituary references to the passing away of former President R Venkataraman and former Prime Minister VP Singh. The House also observed two minutes silence in memory of the departed souls.

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