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PAC clarifies on Naga platform
Published on 22 Jul. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the ruling DAN government in the state has clarified to the formation of the Naga Common Platform and the selection of two members on July 4, over which some remarks were made recently. It may be recalled that the Joint Co-ordination Committee (JCC), comprising of ENPO, Sumi Hoho, Kuki Ingpi and Kachari Tribal Council, Nagaland had decided to adopt “wait and watch” policy saying it was not informed either officially or otherwise even as it played vital role at all levels in the formation of the Naga Common Platform. The GPRN/NSCN had also expressed surprise over the development and added that the entry of any new forum might disturb the smooth functioning of the FNR which already has wide public support in their mission towards bringing about peace, reconciliation and unity among the Nagas. Reacting to these statements particularly the JCC, chairman PAC and co-convener, DAN, Dr TM Lotha in a statement said that the combined meeting of Naga Hoho, ENPO, UNC, NCF, FNR, TPO and PAC on July 4 in Kohima had decided to constitute two-tier system of office bears for the Naga Common Platform. While the upper tier would consist of main and fewer number of office bearers, the second tier would consist of tribal representatives and selected distinguished personalities with executive power. Lotha also pointed out that the meeting unanimously selected Sr Advocate, Timikha Koza, to be the chairman of the platform and Chuba Ozukum as member secretary. The rest of the other office bearers including co-chairman and the second tier executive council/tribal representatives were yet to be selected. Lotha said that the ENPO was expected to furnish the name for the post of co-chairman which was offered to it during the meeting. The PAC chairman also clarified that Timikha Koza and Chuba Ozukum were “selected not because they ever aspired for it but we simply believed that they are good human, a man of integrity and trustworthy leaders.” He said the two were selected and approved in good faith and confidence during the joint meeting of all those principal civil societies. Lotha appealed to one and all to treat it as human if there was any commission or omission during the process and to extend full support and utmost co-operation to the Naga Common Platform for the best interest of the Naga political issue and its solution. The PAC chairman also assured that all Naga leaders would be taken into confidence while completing the process of formation of the common platform and its onward functioning. He made a fervent appeal to all the Nagas to come forward with open mind for necessary formation of the platform and not to derail it under any circumstances.

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