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Rio, Imchen laud reconciliation pact
Published on 17 Jun. 2009 1:00 AM IST
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Both the state chief minister, Neiphiu Rio and home minister, Imkong L. Imchen have welcomed the signing of the document, “Covenant of reconciliation” by the leaders of the three Naga underground groups namely NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and the FGN during the recently concluded Naga Reconciliation meet at Chiang Mai, Thailand. Rio through his press secretary appreciated the statement of the underground leaders who have resolved to continue to work together in the spirit of love, non-violence, peace and respect to resolve outstanding issues. He felt that the commitment of the underground leaders towards Naga reconciliation and forgiveness was a significant landmark in the search for lasting peace and oneness. He reiterated the commitment of the DAN government to play the role of active facilitator in working towards peace, reconciliation, understanding and oneness among all sections of the Naga family. Rio further reiterated the government’s support to the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) in their endeavour to bring reconciliation and peace to Naga society. The chief minister appealed all sections of the Nagas to extend their cooperation and support to the reconciliation process and also urged upon the Naga leaders to listen to the voice of the people in their search for peace and brotherhood. Nagaland home minister, Imkong L. Imchen also expressed happiness over the decision of the various Naga political groups who, through signing of a document at Chiangmai, Thailand had agreed to work together towards the process of Naga reconciliation. “I salute the three top leaders for their statesmanship and sagacity while working out the covenant of reconciliation”, Imchen stated in a statement. He expressed hope that it would go a long way in the process of healing the wounds in the minds of the people and ultimately lead to the resolution of the Naga political issue at the earliest. He also lauded the FNR for working out the modalities with the different factions and reconciling them into the common platform. In this regard, the home minister said all leaders and civil societies should come out openly and welcome the historic agreement and extend all possible support. “The concerned citizens and organizations should trust this agreement in good spirit and re-strengthen it so as to enable these respected Naga leaders to frame the Naga political agenda more meaningfully to accommodate diverse opinions into a common agenda,” Imkong stated. He said that the process of reconciliation between different organizations and to establish trust and confidence was not an easy task and called upon everyone irrespective of their political party affiliation to join hands for the purpose. Imchen asserted that the government of India should also initiate positive steps to respond to the historic reconciliation to pave way for an ultimate resolution of the “longest pending political issue of the world.”

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