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Reconciliation meeting in Mon

Church leaders, FNR and JWG members unite in prayer.
Correspondent MON, FEB 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Feb. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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Hundreds of people attended the 4th ‘A Journey of Hope’ meeting at the local ground Mon town on Saturday, under the aegis of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) where leaders of the NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN held hands and prayed together and reaffirmed to stand by the pledge/ commitment made by the top three leaders in the ‘Covenant of Reconciliation’. Extending support and co operation to the FNR, Konyak Union (KU) president, Khoiwang in his welcome speech said that the Konyaks stood for ‘Unity first, Solution second’ in the process of reconciliation. He said each and every individual must forgive and forget the past and not let personal/ individual grudges intervene in the process of reconciliation. He expressed the hope that in the near future, such meetings would include all the three top leaders namely NSCN (I-M) chairman, Isak Chishi Swu, GPRN/NSCN chairman, S.S Khaplang and NNC/ FGN Kedahge (President) ‘Brig. (Retd)’ S. Singnya. FNR convener, Rev. Dr. Wati Aier in his key note address said one of the fundamental truths of the Nagas today was the call for political reconciliation in pursuit of common interest based on the “historical and political rights of the Nagas.” He briefly elaborated on the formation/ birth of FNR and its achievements since its formation 22 months ago. He said altogether 24 meetings have been held and solemn commitments for the process of genuine reconciliation, unity and peace among the Nagas made. Encouraging the various political groups to forgive and forget and to unite as one, he said “only through reconciliation, in its true meaning, can we be free from our neglect and downfall.” The FNR convener also read out the message of “Lt.Gen. (Retd)” VS.Atem, emissary to collective leadership, NSCN (I-M) who could not attend the meeting due to health problem. NSCN (I-M), ‘kilonser’ Kaipo Chawang who delivered the message of reconciliation on behalf of the Joint Working Group (JWG) NSCN (I-M) said reconciliation was not an end in itself, rather, it was a means to strengthen the Naga family in their journey towards common hope and aspiration. Admitting past mistakes, he said “we have wasted enough precious time and lives for which we all equally share responsibilities.” Delivering solidarity message towards Naga unity and reconciliation on behalf of the JWG, GPRN/ NSCN ‘kilonser’ Khekiho Zhimomi reaffirmed the pledge to take up the noblest task of freeing themselves from the yoke of factionalism. He said all political dialogues with the government of India should be kept in abeyance till all differences within the Naga brothers were sorted out. Zhopra Vero on behalf of the NNC/ FGN has assured that the NNC/ FGN intended to let the war for reconciliation, peace and unity reach its logical end. He also affirmed that the NNC/ FGN would not compromise or betray the common yearnings and desires for peace and unity among Naga brothers and sisters. Meanwhile, the FNR and JWG team attended the Sunday morning service at the Konyak Baptist Church Mon town.

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