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Reservations sprout over Naga platform
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Jul. 2009 1:10 AM IST
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Reservations from various quarters have emerged over the recent formation of the Naga Common Platform during a consultative meeting convened by the DAN Political Affairs Committee (PAC) in Kohima on July 4. While the Joint Co-ordination Committee (JCC), comprising of ENPO, Sumi Hoho, Kuki Ingpi and Kachari Tribal Council, Nagaland decided to adopt “wait and watch” policy, the GPRN/NSCN expressed “surprise” over the formation of the new Naga platform. The JCC during its meeting held on Tuesday at Tourist Lodge, Dimapur deliberated at length the formation of the Naga Common Platform and concluded that it was not taken into confidence in the proposed formation of the Naga platform. Press cell of the JCC in a statement pointed out that the JCC had played a vital role at all levels for the formation of the Naga Common Platform to carry forward unity, reconciliation and peace process and to bring about peaceful solution to the “Indo-Naga” political problem acceptable to the Nagas. However, during the formation of the Naga Common Platform, the JCC said it was not informed either officially or otherwise. The JCC therefore resolved to adopt to “wait and watch” policy. Besides, all the tribal members under JCC also decided to adhere to the particular resolution till such time the JCC was convinced to review its resolution. Meanwhile, the JCC also outrightly condemned the “one-sided and selective eviction” of the encroached settlers within Intangki National Park. The JCC reminded that all the Naga tribal organizations, during the resolution adopted at the state Zonal Council Hall on June 20, had supported for eviction of all the encroachers that included Inavi/Naga United Village, Beisumpuikam village and the third party those who owned large farms within the national park. The JCC urged the state government to apply the same yardstick without communal and sectarian prejudices and to maintain equal treatment and approach either for eviction or allotment of settlement, if at all, within the national park. The GPRN/NSCN also expressed reservations over the formation of the Naga Common Platform and the naming of two members during the consultative meeting convened by the DAN Political Affairs Committee (PAC) in Kohima on July 4. It may be recalled that during the meeting, it was decided that the Naga Common Platform would be headed by advocate Timikha Koza as chairman and Chuba Ozukum as member secretary with one member each from all Naga tribal Hohos and frontal organizations. Speaking to Nagaland Post over the phone on Tuesday, publicity cell (MIP) of the GPRN/NSCN said it was “surprised” to read in the local dailies about the formation and naming of two members into the Naga Common Platform, which was yet to obtain proper nomenclature. The MIP said that the GPRN/NSCN had no knowledge of how the appointments were made and added it was a “little unclear.” It said that the formation of the Naga Common Platform might be a positive one but asked, “Why create another forum?” The GPRN/NSCN said it was fully supporting the efforts of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) which comprised of all sections of the Naga society and under which many positive results have been achieved. Stating that such positive results were a genuine wish of the Nagas, the GPRN/NSCN said it cannot think beyond FNR while talking about Naga unity and reconciliation. It affirmed that formation of other forums was not necessary as the FNR was supported by the entire Naga people and has not finished the task yet. “Entry of any other forum may disturb the smooth of the functioning of the FNR,” it added. Pointing out that the FNR was still trying their best, the GPRN/NSCN reasserted, “At this point, we cannot think beyond FNR.” The consultative meeting was convened as a follow up of the March 5 to 7 Naga consultative meet where the Nagas had resolved to form a common platform of the Nagas. The July 4 consultative meeting was attended by all ten DAN PAC members, representatives from Naga Hoho, ENPO, NCF, FNR and UNC.

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