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GPRN-FGN merger service
Staff Reporter VIHOKHU, AUG 5 (NPN):
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Published on 6 Aug. 2010 12:44 AM IST
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A Thanksgiving Service to give thanks to God, marked the culmination of July 15 unity between the GPRN/NSCN and the FGN at Monyakshu village where several thousand people witnessed the occasion at Vihokhu village(Niuland) Thursday.
Giving all glory and honour to God for the unification, Co-convener Co-ordination Committee, Zhopra Vero(FGN) expressed gratitude to all groups and individuals who had openly supported the unconditional unity.
Zhopra, in his speech, stated that the prayers of people led to the declaration of the Covenant of Reconciliation and eventual unity when Nagas were passing through a dark phase of violence and bloodshed In this regard, he also thanked the Shisha Hoho and Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) for their prayers and tireless efforts for peace and reconciliation adding without which, unity would not have been possible.
Zhopra said that time has come for the Nagas to reconcile, bury all differences and unite without any pre-conditions.
He revealed that even before eventual unity, both the GPRN/NSCN and FGN had some understanding following the 1995 agreement signed at Yongkhao village in Konyak region wherein they resolved to unite and jointly defend the nation.
The MoU was then signed on January 12, 2008 to uphold unification of all Nagas, by ending hostilities and fratricidal killings so as to enable democratic participation and interaction among the Nagas to come under one platform.
Zhopra several attempts made in the past to resolve the Naga political issue, were at best “only piecemeal solutions” that could neither be meaningful nor lasting.
“Therefore, firmly believing that there should be first unity among the Nagas accommodating the desires and aspirations of our people in order to bring a lasting and honourable solution to the Naga political issue, the NNC/FGN and the GPRN/NSCN … in upholding and implementing the commitment of the ‘Covenant of Reconciliation,’ we pledged to unconditionally unite,” Zhopra said.
“The Monyakshu Conclave declaration is not an end but it is a beginning. We have united not for our personal cause, not for our political groups’ vested interest but for the Naga cause,” he added.
In his speech, Co-convener of the Co-ordination Committee, Kughalu Mulatonu (GPRN/NSCN described the unification of the GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN as “one definition of the Naga unity”. He called upon all sections of Naga society and the people who withstood more than six decades for freedom of the Naga country, to spread the message of their unconditional unity to the unreached. “This is not a propaganda; it is a political event, a precious terminology of Naga politics,” he said.
Mulatonu gave credit to the unsparing efforts of the FNR, Quakers, North Atlanta Baptist Peace Fellowship, Churches in Australia, Netherlands, Denmark and others for the unconditional unity and the thanksgiving programme.
Reiterating the call of the Co-ordination Committee to other groups for unconditional unity, Mulatonu said the GPRN/NSCN and FGN have the policy of “Communion, political unison and strategy to solve and hence, there will be no space of leaving anyone outside the walls of unconditional unification.”
“We shall sail together on the same waters but in a different ship, embark on a same mission but on different tracks, work together but utilize separate tools. We will have the same vision but demonstrate thousand dreams, we will fight together but on different battlefields, we will have the same victory but wear distinct crowns and this is our national struggle,” Mulatonu said.
He said the GPRN and FGN has not proposed the “Goliath-like gathering” to make choices or perpetuate a “forced opinion” but to offer the people an assurance that their dream for a peaceful and united Nagaland had begun and that it would be fulfilled.
Earlier, Co-ordination Committee member, Zaleo in his welcome address lauded the efforts of the FNR and other civil societies for being a unifying factor.
Speaking in place of FNR convenor Rev.Dr Wati Aier, who could not turn up, Rev. Dr. V. K. Nuh expressed happiness that the Naga family have come together once more and thanked Almighty for the reconciliation. He recalled the numerous meetings in Chiangmai, Thailand and Nagaland and said the Naga political leaders took great courage to come together and talk reconciliation.
He also said that the steps taken by the two political groups to come together in the spirit of reconciliation was not easy, yet it was possible only because of the willingness of the political groups in order to fulfill the dreams of the Nagas.
Naga Hoho publicity secretary C. Daipo congratulated the GPRN and FGN for reconciling with each other and expressed the Hoho’s position that it stood for reconciliation. “We need real reconciliation inclusive of all Naga people and Naga areas,” he said.
NSF president Mutsikhoyo Yhobu appealed all Nagas to come together and bring healing to the Naga society. He said reconciliation and unity should be inclusive and not exclusive.
Naga Mother Association (NMA) president Abeiu Meru, in her short speech called upon the Nagas not to shed anymore blood and said reconciliation was a must if the Nagas wanted to achieve the dream. She said the Naga mothers, children and family have suffered enough and further appealed to all political groups to reconcile. She expressed the hope that real peace would dawn among the Naga people soon
Representatives of the Nagaland Tribal Joint Co-ordination Committee, Naga National Workers People’s Support Group, Sumi Hoho, ENPO also spoke on the occasion.
Fr Solomon Vizo, Good Shepherd Seminary, Thakhekhu village, Dimapur said the invocation while NBCC peace affairs director, Rev Kari Longchar conducted the thanksgiving prayer, Co-ordination Committee member Alezo Venuh proposed the vote of thanks and Kuki Baptist Association executive secretary said the benediction.
Special numbers were presented by Patkai Choral PCC, Chancel Choir Mokokchung Baptist Church and Scripture Force of the GPRN.
Those who attended the programme included kilonsers, tatars, ranks and files of the Naga army of both the GPRN and FGN, former national workers, senior citizens, ex-parliamentarians, village headmen, elders, village council chairmen, secretaries, pastors, youth leaders, women leaders and the public.

 
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