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Muivah ready to reconcile
Correspondent JOTSOMA, JUN 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Jun. 2010 1:02 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M), general secretary, Th Muivah today said reconciliation was necessary and that he was ready for talks for reconciliation anytime with other Naga groups.
“According to the commitment we have made, any time we are prepared to meet and talk with Khaplang, Khole and those who are still remaining uncommitted,” Muivah said while talking to media persons on the sidelines of the public reception on his arrival at Jotsoma village community Hall Wednesday afternoon.
“If any body fails, that would be very unfortunate because time for the Nagas is very precious. We have to see that adversaries do not exploit our weaknesses,” he said. Muivah said those who claim to love the nation must try and understand their people and draw them to serve the cause of the nation. He said it was this necessity that made them visit places in search of understanding among the Naga people.
“Jotsoma is an important village, we have respect for them, they have proud history and we are proud of them,” Muivah said.
On his next destination, Muivah said no tentative programme had been decided but revealed he would be visiting the districts of Nagaland.
With regard to resistance from other Naga political groups on his proposed visits to different parts of Nagaland, Muivah said such point showed they do not understand the necessity the Naga people were facing today.
“It is time for every Nagas to seek understanding of our time today. That is the way towards peace and progress,” he added. He went on to say anybody refusing to understand each other, would be committing a big mistake and that they must not commit such error.
“Whenever anybody tries to understand the necessity of the nation, they should welcome them; wait for the concern they have, that is what they should do. But if they don’t try to understand others, then that is their mistake.
For us, we will be very glad to understand them, we can even go and have talks with them to understand the issue before the Nagas that is expected from any sensible Nagas,” Muivah added.
He said there was no road block in the process of reconciliation but asserted there were negative attitudes towards reconciliation sometimes.
He, however, claimed that negative attitude was not from their side.
“In the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, we have proclaimed that there should be reconciliation among Nagas, in spite of the past,” he said.
“In the history of National struggle, there will be stages, armed stage, political stage and there may be also a stage both the adversaries and ourselves can understand each other,” he said. Muivah said it was high time that Nagas should understand each other.
“We are ready to share our experiences and commitment and we are here today,” he affirmed.
On his proposed visit to his birthplace Somdal village, Muivah said the original plan was never cancelled and that he had the liberty and right to go and see his people.
“We have the intention to talk about the necessity of bringing about peaceful solution and we have to make our people clear about it. But unfortunately from the other side, unexpectedly or unwisely, they created situation which is adverse to us and in the final analysis to them also,” Muivah added.
Asked whether he was ready to meet his counterpart Kitovi of the GPRN/NSCN, Muivah bluntly said “no.”
He, however, said Khaplang had officially committed to finding reconciliation and that they have to meet first and not others.
On the allegation by certain section of transporters of Manipur that NSCN (I-M) was collecting taxes on the NH-39, Muivah termed it as “unfounded.”
“We don’t bother for that kind of propaganda. We know them, and they know us, they cannot bluff the people as they think,” Muivah added.
Earlier, in his brief address during the public reception, Muivah said he came to Jotsoma in search of history.
“We are here today so that we can be together tomorrow,” he said.
He also lauded the villagers for understanding, solidarity and respect for the national workers and called upon the people to understand together which he said was the necessity of the Nagas today.
“There must be reconciliation because Nagas fail to understand together,” Muivah said.
“Those who believe in the existence of the Naga nation will be there today and tomorrow. We’ve given ours today,” he said.
He also asserted Nagas must not be misled and must be prepared to face the challenge.
Further, he thanked the civil societies present and urged upon them to exemplify their concern for the people and their nation.
Muivah’s convoy numbering about 40 vehicles escorted him from Pfutsero. He was accompanied by several leaders of the civil societies and hosts of other NSCN (I-M) leaders.

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