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Naga groups oppose package, common platform
Published on 29 Sep. 2009 12:52 AM IST
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In a significant development, the NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and FGN have declared that they were strongly opposed to: (a) any form of conditional package offered to the Nagas by the government of India and (b) the Naga Common Platform, as it was not warranted at the present time. Conveners of the Joint Working Group for Naga reconciliation, Gen (Retd) V S Atem, NSCN (I-M), Zhopra Vero, FGN and Wangtin Naga, GPRN/NSCN in a joint declaration said their rejection/opposition to the two issues were in line with the “Declaration of Commitment” which they signed during the recent reconciliation meet held at Chiangmai, Thailand from September 22 to 25. The three leaders during the meet affirmed to “work together in the spirit of love, non-violence, peace and respect to resolve outstanding issues amongst us.” The opposition to any conditional package comes in the wake of the recent peace package which the central government was contemplating to offer to the state in return for the Naga factions to give up their integration demand. The package which was still worked out included financial largesse, greater devolution of powers to the state etc but it was made clear that any solution to the protracted Naga political issue would be within the Constitution of India. The NSCN (I-M) had said that such packages were “unacceptable” to it. With regard to the Naga Common Platform, the objective of the political affairs committee of the DAN government to bring all the Naga underground groups and overground groups on one common platform to discuss the Naga issue, appeared to have hit a roadblock as some prominent organizations including the GPRN/NSCN, Sumi Hoho, NPCC, RJD and other sections of the society have declared their stiff opposition to it. The stand of the NNC/FGN in this regard remained divided and inconclusive. Currently, the Naga reconciliation process is being initiated by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR). The FNR has been holding meetings both within and outside the state with the different Naga political groups and NGOs to discuss the reconciliation process.

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