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GPRN & FGN hit back at Atem
Published on 2 Aug. 2010 12:34 AM IST
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A day after the NSCN (I-M) steering committee convenor, “Gen (Retd)” V.S. Atem described the Monyakshu Conclave as “back-stabbing FNR” and an “act of sabotage,” the GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN said that the unconditional reconciliation and unity agreed between the two groups “should not be construed as having taken away every single grain from the barn of Naga Reconciliation and Unity, leaving nothing for others to pick.”
The MIP GPRN/NSCN and Rali Wali NNC/FGN said that every word in the pledge and the joint declaration signed by its leaders was conceived under the Covenant of Reconciliation signed by top leaders of three Naga political groups, under the umbrella of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR).
“A time has come for every Naga political group to extend a hand to the other but none should try to cut off the offered hand,” it was stated.
The GPRN and FGN said, Atem as a former army chief having ordered many “drastic actions,” the reconciliation and merger of GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN or any other group could have been taken in a dignified manner. The two groups recollected that Atem’s apology to the Nagas earlier at Chiangmai, for any wrongdoing during his stay at the military was highly appreciated by the Nagas adding “this was the epitome of the spirit of reconciliation.”
The GPRN and FGN said that the Monyakshu Conclave was the ripening of the first fruit in a tree nurtured by FNR and that Atem or any other Naga could share in it.
The two groups said it was left to the good judgment of the Nagas as to whether two political groups coming together and urging others to make peace and unity within the family would be called backstabbing.
Recalling that the NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah ignored the “good advice” of the FNR to keep in abeyance the remaining part of his ‘Goodwill Mission,’ the GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN asked whether the Nagas described his present stay in New Delhi as strengthening Naga Reconciliation process.
The two groups said that the appeal to Muivah was made so as to enable the FNR to initiate a reconciliation meeting at various levels of the political leadership.
The GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN said its joint committee would stay committed, in letter and spirit, to the Covenant of Reconciliation until Nagas could truly say, “Yes, We are Reconciled.”
(Full text on p 4)

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