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16 Point Agreement, good: Dr Shurhozelie
Published on 18 Nov. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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NPF president and minister for urban development & higher education, Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu on Tuesday asserted that the 16 Point Agreement which led to the formation of Nagaland state has been “good for the Naga people because it provided so much benefit.” He however maintained that the process of signing the historic 16 point agreement was wrong as the undergrounds were not involved which had thereby resulted in the current impasse. He said the agreement was signed to stop hostilities between government of India and the then undivided Naga Army under the aegis of NNC. Addressing the first session of the NPF Youth Wing Leadership Training at the party’s Central Office in Kohima, Dr Shurhozelie reiterated that the NPF-led DAN government’s first priority was to help solve the Naga problem and added they were doing everything in their capacity to ensure a congenial situation in this regard. “In the event a political solution comes to pass we will stand aside any day, any time. So, we have done everything to bring about a solution,” the NPF president said. He however added that unless the various factions come together nothing would happen and Nagas would continue to live under the “umbrella of uncertainty.” Stating that the problem with the Naga people was disunity, he said Nagas have to come together and be serious about it. Referring to the Naga Common Platform, Dr Shurhozelie said the party could not afford to take partisan attitude adding “we have to lend full support Naga Common Platform. There is no other way if we are to bring all the groups together.” He lamented over what was described as “needless criticisms” from certain quarters with regard to the Naga Common Platform called for exhibiting maturity. He said one must also support the different organisations which have been moving for a Naga Forum. Dr Shurhozelie said the state government was certain that New Delhi would not go for piecemeal solution and quoted union home secretary G. K. Pillai’s statement during his recent visit to Nagaland, “…piecemeal settlement is no solution.…” The minister said that the history of NPF has its origins in the then Democratic Party (DP) which contested the first general elections in the State in 1964. Though it underwent various changes, the original Democratic Party was the “first organised and recognised” political party not only in Nagaland but in the entire north-east and which retained the “Cock” symbol throughout. “So, we must know our history and origin,” he added. He lauded the leaders for planning and organising the training which he said was befitting as the year 2008-2009 was declared the Year of Capacity Building. “My friends, the future are yours. Build your leadership on proper footing and exhibit your maturity,” Dr. Shurhozelie exhorted. Earlier, health & family welfare minister and youth wing in-charge, Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu said that the need of the hour was “quality leadership.” According to Azo, the best qualities for good leadership included, among others, honesty, sincerity, discipline, punctuality, integrity and loyalty. According to a statement issued by member, NPF (central) press bureau, Jack T. Chakhesang, the welcome address was delivered by NPF youth wing president, Kakuto Shohe while invocation was said by general secretary, Shepo Hiesuh.

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