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NPF President’s plea on Naga problem
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 28 (NPN)
Published on 29 Jul. 2009 12:59 AM IST
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: Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) President, Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu has appealed to all political parties to treat the Naga political problem as a common problem. Addressing the NPF Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting on Tuesday at the party’s central office Kohima, Dr. Shurhozelie welcomed what he described the “very kind” words spoken by the Congress legislators in the assembly while expressing their concern for solution of the Naga political problem. The president however also lamented that after several days of the assembly session, the Congress party started criticizing the DAN government saying that the Naga political problem under it had become murkier. “I appeal to Congress legislators to prevail upon their party leaders to understand what they have expressed this time on the floor of the Assembly” said the veteran regional party leader. He said that when one talked about Nagas having one voice, it did not only refer to the undergrounds but also equally referred to the over grounds in which representatives of the people (legislators) could play a more vital role. He believed that chances for solution to the Naga political problem now depended more on the wisdom and initiative of the Naga leaders and was hopeful of brighter days ahead. NPF as political party, the president said the party was committed to continue to strive for solution of the Naga political problem and added that it had been playing the role of the mediator to bring together the conflicting parties to the conference table for the political dialogue. To facilitate that opportunity, Dr. Shurhozelie said that the party further extended its full support to the ceasefire agreements signed between the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) and NSCN (K) separately. The NPF president said the party had also declared full support to the ongoing peace process and that in the event of a political solution arrived at, “we (party government) will not stand on the way but pave the way for any alternative arrangement to come in and stay any day, any time.” Talking about the 6th amendment of the NPF constitution at the CEC meeting, he said the amendment was necessitated by the expansion of the party activities in the neighbouring states. “As per the provision of our constitution, the draft amendment has to be read be first in the CEC meeting. When the CEC approves, only then the draft has be published in some of the daily newspapers. A minimum one month’s time will be given to the party people from the date of the publication of the draft in the newspapers soliciting views and comments which can, afterward, be taken up any time by the General Convention” he told the gathering. He informed that the recommendation of the CEC would be put up to the General Convention for rectification. He elaborated about the amendment saying that the NPF WAS a “living party” due to which amendment of the constitution arose from time to time to accommodate new activities which were being undertaken from time to time. Today’s amendment will also cover the farmers’ wing as well as life membership cell. Earlier, the function was chaired by Chubala, president NPF women wing, invocation prayer pronounced by Rev. Seksim Kasar, welcome address delivered by Apong Pongener, working president NPF.

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