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Reconciliation process strengthened: FNR
Published on 29 Jun. 2010 1:14 AM IST
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As the members of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) and other Naga political groups repented their own mistakes and forgave wrong doers recognizing that repentance and forgiveness were a constituent part of reconciliation, during the Chiang Mai VIII meet held recently, the Forum Monday said that the meet has strengthened the Naga reconciliation process to a higher plane.
FNR admitted it has been the “perpetrators” of hatred and revenge in the name of political rightness divorcing belief from political means but at the same time, as victims, forgave to find liberation from haunting-anger, shame and revenge.
The Forum said that the gathering on June 21 was led in the Spirit of Christ to a time of confession and seeking forgiveness. It said Rev. V K Nuh, who refused to hearken to God’s message through the Naga Shisha Hoho, confessed for being skeptical to the workings of God’s Spirit and asked forgiveness from God and the people.
It was stated that FNR convener, Dr. Wati Aier also confessed to the gathering that often times, he had been “self- dependent” forgetting to seek God’s mercy and grace.
Admitting that he has been “intolerant, haughty, temperamental, and insensitive,” Dr, Wati confessed all his wrongs before God and fellow friends to forgive him.
FNR member, Nepuni Piku thanked God for protecting his life and said in “God’s name I harbor no ill feelings against the perpetrators who have harmed me and I have forgiven them.”
Bringing the gathering to a pin drop silence and later on to tears of joy and hope, FNR said emissary to the collective leadership of NSCN (I-M),
“Gen (Retd)” V. S. Atem admitted that under his command as the military chief, while fighting for the cause of the right of the Nagas, he caused untold sufferings of pain and tears to fellow Nagas.
“…for this I seek forgiveness from God and from my fellow Naga people…..Please! Please! Tell everybody you know about my request for forgiveness,” Atem said.
Further, FNR said that the vice-president of FGN/NNC, Zhopra Vero testified his tale of being a target of assassination and seeking refuge elsewhere where he made up his mind to purchase arms and to take revenge on those who attempted his life.
But a decisive moment for Vero dawned on March 24, 2007 at 2:15am when God spoke to him, “not to take revenge” as it was for Him “to avenge … repay.” Vero then knelt and sought forgiveness from God for his revengeful heart. FNR said that Vero sincerely, testified “I have sought God’s forgiveness and I have also forgiven all those who made an attempt on my life.”
FNR said that the GPRN/NSCN who could not attend the meet sent a message issued by its Kilo Kilonser, Hothrong Yimchungru stating that it “shall remain steadfast” to reconciliation.
In the same spirit of reconciliation, the FNR said representatives of those who attended the Chiang Mai VIII meet wrote a letter to GPRN/NSCN general secretary, Kitovi Zhimomi telling him that they had a “fruitful meeting” but also “greatly missed your presence and constructive contributions.” The signatories of the letter said they looked forward to cooperation and strengthening their joint work.
(Full text on P 4)

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