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FNR appeals to NSCN (I-M) to review ‘Goodwill Mission’
Published on 28 Jun. 2010 12:18 AM IST
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Affirming that no one should be barred from going to one’s native village, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has appealed to the NSCN (I-M) to review and keep in abeyance the remaining part of its ‘Goodwill Mission’ to enable the Forum to initiate a reconciliation meeting at various levels of the political leadership.
Twenty eight months after it came into existence in 2008 with the purpose of making reconciliation possible among the Naga political groups along the basis of the political and historical rights of the Nagas, the FNR Sunday said it has reviewed the accomplishments of the various stages of the reconciliation process and renewed its reconciliatory efforts.
The FNR in a statement said its meet was convened from June 18-25 in Chiangmai, Thailand where it evaluated the Naga reconciliation process so far and found most appropriate and timely to make ‘A Statement of Renewal.’
Providing the 7-point ‘statement of renewal’ the FNR said it found imperative at this juncture to engage in honest evaluation and self-renewal, so that the remaining stages of the Naga reconciliation process would be attainable.
Stating that the formation of FNR was an outcome of divine intervention, the Forum said it was “sincerely sorry” and sought forgiveness from all those it might have hurt unintentionally in the course of the journey towards Naga reconciliation.
The FNR pledged to work for Naga reconciliation with no bias, preference, or affiliation towards any individual or group, but by upholding the common interests and rights of Naga people. As it renewed itself towards achieving the Journey of Common Hope, the Forum asserted that the approach to reconciliation using a selective ‘pick and choose policy’ must be a practice of the past and that an open attitude of acceptance needed to be embraced.
It applauded the signatories of the Covenant of Naga Reconciliation for their commitment to uphold the spirit of reconciliation through forgiveness and humility.
Pointing out that the Naga political history was entrenched with violence and conflict, personal and collective pain, the FNR urged the Naga political groups to embrace repentance, forgiveness and acceptance among themselves and with the Naga public, so that healing would be possible and Naga people could become whole again.
Consultative mechanism
The FNR also recognized the urgent need for the Joint Working Group comprised of the NNC/FGN, GPRN/NSCN and NSCN (I-M) to jointly agree on a consultative mechanism.
According to the Forum, the consultative mechanism would concentrate, among other points, to arrive at a common understanding and a position on what constituted the political and historical rights of the Nagas.
The consultative mechanism would discuss and explore ways in which the Naga political groups could jointly find a solution based on the political and historical rights of the Nagas. Another point mentioned was the focus on initiating confidence building activities and to strengthen mutual trust and respect by jointly implementing decisions and activities related to Naga reconciliation.
The consultative mechanism would constructively address all contentious issues without making any provocative statement in print or/and visual media and any provocative action which contravened the Covenant of Naga Reconciliation and the subsequent decisions agreed to by the Joint Working Group.
It would also focus on facilitating and expediting the Reconciliation meeting at the highest level between the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation for which the FNR urged the signatories to maintain ‘status quo.’
The FNR said reconciliation through repentance, forgiveness and mutual respect was no longer a choice today but an “absolute necessity” and therefore urged the Naga people to live in accordance with the spirit of true reconciliation. FNR reminded that it was toiling to break down the walls of division, to end violence and conflict and to help construct a Journey of Common Hope.
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