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GPRN/NSCN celebrates 2nd anniversary of Naga unification

(From left): Chief guest, Vitoyi Aye, secretary, NPAC addressing the gathering; ‘Major General’ Nikki Sumi delivering a short speech and balloons being released into the air marking peace on the occasion of 2nd anniversary of Naga unification at Khehoi, Sunday. (NP/EP)
Staff Reporter KHEHOI (DIMAPUR), NOV 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Nov. 2009 12:02 AM IST
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The second anniversary of ‘Naga Unification’ held at the Khehoi Designated Camp attracted a huge crowd from various strata of Naga society Sunday . The unification of various leaders and members from different Naga underground groups, whose objective was to put an end to the fratricidal killings, was realized on November 22 at Hovishe village under Niuland. After Naga unification, the nomenclature of the erstwhile NSCN (K) was changed to GPRN/NSCN. Speaking on the occasion Vitoyi Aye, secretary, National Political Advisory Council (NPAC) who was chief guest, reiterated the GPRN/NSCN’s view that unless unity was achieved, solution to the Naga political problem would not be forthcoming. He pointed out that killings and animosity among the factions has drastically scaled down due to the common understanding arrived at by the factions through the ‘priceless efforts’ of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and other Naga frontal organizations. “Unity of the Nagas alone can strengthen the political stand of the Nagas,” Vitoyi asserted. Stating that the “Indo-Naga” political problem was the “real issue” and that acceptable political solution was the ultimate goal for every Naga worth his salt, Aye said the current time was the best hour for the Nagas to retrospect as to why NSCN (I-M)’s talk with the government of India has fizzled out inconclusively. He said it was apparent that unless Nagas themselves pushed for unification of all factions, solution would only be a distant mirage. Thus, the crying need for Naga national workers to unite spilled out in the open on November 22, 2007, despite the attempt from certain quarters to compartmentalize and paint the Naga unification with tribal colour, he said. “Having overcome the trial by fire, we are stronger and firmer in our resolve to unite the Nagas and proclaim the shared future,” Aye said. He however, said the GPRN/NSCN was saddened by the spate of arrest and detention of their regional workers particularly in Rengma and Lotha regions by the NSCN (I-M) which was described as “uncalled for.” Aye questioned the sincerity of the NSCN (I-M) to the Nagas and their commitment to the Naga reconciliation process. “We do not lack manpower or arms to take on the adversaries however, we respect the pledge made to the Nagas and till today we are committed to reconciling with our brethren,” he said. Aye expressed hope that all parties would adhere to the theme, “Turning swords into plowshares” both in words and actions. The chief guest earlier unfurled the Naga national flag and took salute presented by contingents of the Naga Army. Later the “Commander-in-chief” Naga Army, GPRN/NSCN, ‘General’ Khole in his speech read out by James Khole, joint secretary (law and justice) , said peace was not the absolute solution in today’s Naga society but unity to progress and to develop individually, collectively and arrive at the point of agreement. He said the first step was peace and unity within the Naga people followed by political solution. ‘General’ Khole urged the state government, NSF, NPMHR, Naga Hoho, ENPO, ENSF, NMA, GBs and DBs Forum, FNR, Church leaders and various organizations to stand up together and work for the common interest of Naga unity. “… we will solve our problem not by blood, but through emotional unity,” he added. ENPO president, Mangko Phom who was the guest of honour, in his speech said absolute sincerity was needed from all national workers to bring about unity among the Naga groups. He appealed to the Naga factional groups to forget the gun culture but unite to bring about brotherly ties. Phom reaffirmed the ENPO’s support to the FNR for the Naga peace and reconciliation process. ‘Major General’ Nikki Sumi, in his speech made a fervent appeal to the various tribal hohos to place the tribal issues at the secondary level and to bring forth the Naga political issue as the primary task. Naga Council, Dimapur president Savi Liegise in a short speech expressed hope that the Naga unification process would come sooner than later and called upon leaders and organizations to be serious towards the “final and true unification” of all Nagas. Short speeches were also delivered by representatives from Ao Senden, Sumi Community Dimapur Phughi and others. Earlier, hundreds of white balloons connoting the message of peace were released by the chief guest and the guest of honour. The 2nd anniversary celebration of the Naga unification was also coloured by special numbers from Nagaland Reformation Singers, Naga national workers and others. Cultural items were performed by the Angami, Kuki, Rengma and Lotha communities. NCF general secretary, Rev Fr. George Angami offered the invocation and Ao Baptist Church, Dimapur, Associate Pastor, Lima offered the benediction. Activists tortured The GPRN/NSCN paraded two of the three members from Rengma region detained by the NSCN (I-M) on November 18 and released on November 20.Two showed mediapersons torture marks. The three were identified as “Khapur” Kelalo, “Razu Peyu” Gwasholo Khing and “Private,” Sohilo Kent. The former two were paraded before the media persons on the sidelines of the anniversary programme. The two members said three of them were detained at Phenwhenyu village and taken to VP battalion of the NSCN (I-M) where they were physically and mentally tormented. They revealed bruises on their body inflicted by the NSCN (I-M) while under detention. The GPRN/NSCN authorities have expressed “unhappiness” and ‘disappointment” over the incident.

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