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Reconciliation an obligation :FNR

Representatives of the three Naga political groups that are signatories of the Covenant of Naga Reconciliation is seen here with the Forum for Naga Reconciliation during a meeting held today at the DAN training.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Aug 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Aug. 2009 12:35 AM IST
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Having held a series of meetings and football matches after the signing of what was described as, “a historic covenant” between the two factions of the NSCN and FGN at Chiang Mai (Thailand), the reconciliation process has now entered a crucial stage, claimed convenor of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation(FNR) Rev. Dr. Wait Aier. Speaking to media persons at the DAN, Chekiye village here today, Dr Wati explained that reconciliation “means to forgive and reconcile… and not dwell in the past.” However, according to the FNR convenor, perceptions of reconciliation has changed and was turning out to be different in the sense that it was no longer an option but an obligation. He cited examples of a former president of the USA who had publicly confessed and sought forgiveness; while a prime minister of Israel and a German Chancellor went to a former World War II concentration camp for a ritual of forgiveness and confession. As per the resolution adopted, the three parties decided to restrain offensive activities; be vigilant of anti-social elements in the society; release all political prisoners and refraining from issuing offending press statements. The convener also revealed that the forum was doing well with eighty five percent of work complete. However, he said that the top leaders of all the groups should meet somewhere at the earliest. FNR member Neingolo Krome, expressed happiness that there had been much change in the environment as compared to the beginning. He also stated that arrogance and hostility among the parties has gone down and that the parties were much receptive than before. “There has been personal transformation between the different political groups” added Akum Longchari, FNR member. He pointed out that reconciliation meant a lot to the people who were behind the signing of the covenant and that the public response also encouraged the parties. President, Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) Khesheli Chishi also testified that the process has witnessed a lot of changes among the parties who had initially been hesitant but presently showing an increased oneness among them. She also opined that if it continued then the meeting point would surely come. On being asked about the response from the government of India regarding the process, Rev Dr Wati Aier replied that it should be welcomed since it was about peace and reconciliation. On the question of reconciliation process being detrimental for the vexed Naga political problem, the FNR members answered that it might be possible but added that reconciliation among the three groups was a priority at the moment. Meanwhile the next meeting of the forum with the parties would be held on Wednesday at hotel Saramati with representatives from all the three groups, NGOs and the tribal Hohos.

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