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NPF set to spread wings outside Nagaland
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 28 (NPN):
Published on 29 Jul. 2009 12:58 AM IST
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Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said that the Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) was all set to spread its wings to all the Naga inhabited areas not for mere political gain but to emotionally and politically integrate the Nagas who have always longed to live as a family. “Though we are yet to achieve physical integration, we as a people should be emotionally and politically integrated,” Rio said while addressing the CEC meeting of the NPF held at its Central Office here Tuesday. He said that the party after much consultation and exhaustive discussion felt the need to spread its wings beyond the boundaries of Nagaland. “Our brothers and sisters who live in the Naga contiguous areas have been urging us to reach out to them. It has become the responsibility of our party to respond to the call of our people, as we are the only regional party with a historic past, tirelessly working for bringing lasting peace with the aim of fulfilling the Naga people’s desire. The decision which we take today will mark a new chapter for our people throughout all Naga inhabited areas” he said. Towards this end, Rio sought the support of all sections of the people and also the blessings and guidance of God Almighty. “It is with humility and meekness before God that we step out to serve our people,” he added. The chief minister also appreciated the party leaders who have taken “great pain” in traveling to different parts of the region in doing the ground works ahead of the party’s expansion plan. He reminded that the regional party with the cock symbol had made tremendous sacrifices for the Naga people in the past. “Our early leaders faced suppression and had to undergo enormous difficulties during times which cannot be imagined by the present generation,” Rio pointed out and asserted that under such trying circumstances, the flame of the Naga aspiration, regional identity and the pursuit for peace through faith and political participation was kept aflame by the cock party. He said the great sacrifices made by the past leaders and founders of the party must never be forgotten. He recalled the March 5 to 7 Naga Consultative Meet with the oversea Nagas and the six point resolution adopted during the meet which was participated by representatives of all sections of the people including representatives from all Naga underground groups. Based on the resolutions, he said a Naga Common Platform had been instituted recently which he welcomed and endorsed the same while assuring fullest cooperation. Also based on the resolutions on recognizing the suffering of fellow eastern Nagas in Myanmar and with the consent of the prime minister and home minister of India, Rio said he had met and discussed with the Myanmarese Ambassador to India in New Delhi. Reiterating that the Naga problem existed beyond the boundaries of Nagaland and beyond international boundaries, the chief minister asserted that a concrete political settlement must address all dynamics and should not be restricted by man-made hurdles and boundaries. “Permanent peace will only be possible if all aspects of the Naga people and our suffering in every corner are addressed with sincerity,” he added. Stating that the NPF-led DAN government had extended unconditional support to the UPA government at the centre, Rio claimed it had cordial relations with Delhi which was the common desire of both the central and state government to bring lasting peace and accelerated development in the Nagaland through an early negotiated settlement of the “Indo-Naga” problem. “We find that prime minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P.C. Chidambaram are sincere in their efforts to resolve the Naga issue,” he added. On the state budget passed recently, the chief minister reiterated that the budget was a “people’s budget” which focused on accelerated all round development with special emphasis on social sector, capacity building, development of backward areas, empowerment of women and youth with targeted programmes for farmers and the rural sector. In this regard, he called upon the party organization to extend cooperation to all arms of the government and also the administration and police in delivering goods to the people and also to maintain peaceful atmosphere.

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