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11th NLA members, ex-parliamentarians meet
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 14 (NPN)
Published on 15 Apr. 2010 12:17 AM IST
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For the first time, a meeting was held between the legislators of the eleventh Nagaland Legislative Assembly and former parliamentarians at the conference hall of Police Complex Chumukedima to evolve a consensus over the Naga political issue. The meeting which lasted nearly three hours was attended by state chief minister Neiphiu Rio, Speaker NLA Kiyaneilie, CLP leader Tokheho along with 45 other legislators besides 48 former parliamentarians including former Governor of Maharashtra Dr.S.C.Jamir.
Except for Dr.S.C.Jamir (who left early to travel to Guwahati), CLP leader Tokheho and NLA speaker, none of the participants were willing to speak to the media persons outside the hall.
A copy of the four-point resolution adopted at the meeting was made available to the media.
The participants resolved to express appreciation on civil societies, church, tribal bodies, mass based organizations, NGOs and all sections of the people towards strengthening the peace process.
The statement also appreciated the headway made by the Forum of Naga Reconciliation in having all underground groups sign the Covenant of Declaration.
It was also resolved to strengthen the peace process by lending support to the political negotiations and the renewed initiative of the government of India in resuming talks at the highest level and the appointment of a new interlocutor.
The meeting also urged the negotiating parties to “listen to the voice of the people” and to expedite talks “by taking all factions into confidence” towards bringing about an honorable negotiated settlement acceptable to the people. The statement also described the current peace process as “a golden opportunity to resolve the decades old political imbroglio.”
Acknowledging the contributions and sacrifices of the national worker since the Naga movement began, the members urged all sections to refrain from fratricidal killings. They also appealed to the people to work towards a common understanding and forge unity and oneness for a common Naga voice. In this regard, the Joint Parliamentary Committee was also urged to create unity among the people and carry the voice of the people to the negotiating parties.
Later interacting with media persons after the meeting, Speaker of the Assembly Kiyanilie Peseyie asserted that the meeting was “very fruitful” while refusing to set any time frame when the next meeting would take place.
Leader of opposition Tokheho said the members would go ahead with the adopted resolutions and hoped that such of meetings will continue in the future. He also said that the Naga political issue remained the top agenda irrespective of political affiliations.
Be politically realistic: Dr S C Jamir
Former Governor of Maharastra Dr.S.C.Jamir reminded that since the government of India had made it amply clear that since the demands for “sovereignty and integration” cannot be acceded, the Naga people need to be politically realistic and pragmatic in their approach.
Speaking to mediapersons while leaving for Guwahati before the end of the meeting, he said “we are standing on a shadowy borderland between yester year’s politics and contemporary politics. This meeting of parliamentarians should analyze the two conditions of the government of India” Jamir said.
He asserted that only a united Naga people voice can bring a solution to the vexed problem.
Calling upon the political leaders to create a congenial political environment Dr Jamir said that only in such an atmosphere can the Naga people express their views on their future. At the same time he also reminded that no group of people can take the Nagas for a ride without taking their consent and opinion. “It requires involving more people and letting them express in order to give more weightage” he said.
He also stated that whether the honorable and acceptable solution could be a “bed of roses or bed of thorns” would entirely depend on the political wisdom of the Naga people.

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