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Khekiho’s plea on Naga political issue
Published on 19 Dec. 2009 12:36 AM IST
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Nagaland Rajya Sabha member Khekiho described as “landmark” the resolution of the 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Naga political issue and also termed as “a healthy development”, the coming together of representatives of NSCN(I-M),NSCN(K) and NNC(F) at a joint meeting on sharing views on what is best for the Nagas to achieve a permanent and honourable settlement. According to a faxed press communiqué received here, Khekiho’s speech was contained under special mention in the Rajya Sabha Friday. He also expressed appreciation to the government of India, particularly the renewed sincerity of the prime minister and the home minister towards finding a permanent solution to the decades old “Indo-Naga” political problem. However, Khekiho said the Naga leaders have not welcomed the invitation of the government of India to hold talks at the home minister level and expressed concern that it could lead to deadlock besides rendering 12 years of cease fire and 60 rounds of talks futile. He opined it would be in the interest of both sides if the invitation came from the Prime Minister’s Office(PMO) as in the past so as to expedite the political process and bring an early solution through a negotiated settlement. Tracing the genesis of the problem, Khekiho said the Naga political issue was the oldest political conflict since 1929. He said Nagas expressed the desire for self-determination to a 7-member delegation of British Parliamentarians which visited the then Naga Hills. The 9-Point Hydari Agreement of 1947 and subsequently the 16-Point Agreement signed in 1960, the latter of which led to the creation of Nagaland state, the Naga issue remain unresolved, he said. The cease fire in 1997 with the NSCN(I-M) and 2001 with the NSCN(K) had not led to any breakthrough, he said.Khekiho said this has instead created doubts on both sides and added unless an atmosphere of mutual trust is created by fulfilling assurances and commitments made in the past,any new agreement was “unthinkable”.

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