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FNR welcomes merger
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Aug. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Almost a month after the GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN merged on July 15 at Monyakshu under Mon district, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has said that although the merger was not in its knowledge yet it welcomed the unification of the two groups.
Addressing a press conference at Hotel Saramati Dimapur Tuesday, FNR member Neingulo Krome said the Forum did not take credit for the merger of the two groups and welcomed the Monyakshu Conclave if it would contribute towards completion of the Naga reconciliation process. He admitted that the unification has lessened the difficulties faced in the reconciliation process.
FNR convener, Rev Dr. Wati Aier said that the merger had indirectly supported the reconciliation process. Asked whether the merger of the two groups had ‘backstabbed’ the FNR as alleged by the NSCN (I-M), Rev Dr, Wati said, “we don’t take it that way.” He also said it was “not necessary” for any group/s to consult the FNR if they wanted to unite or merge.
Meanwhile, the FNR, in a handout provided to mediapersons, described the Monyakshu Conclave as “yet another one of those ‘unpredictable’ happenings in the Journey of Common Hope” and “another remarkable event.” It said Nagas must appreciate the “sacrificial leap and tough love” these two groups had to wrestle within themselves in order to reach where they were today.
The FNR said that the Nagas were already “reconciled in principle” with the signing of the Covenant of Reconciliation but the consummation not yet occurred and that all must converge onto the “historical and political rights of the Nagas.” To consummate the Naga reconciliation, the FNR called upon the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation to meet without delay, led by the highest level leaders available, at a suitable locality.
The Forum, which has been spearheading the Naga reconciliation process since 2008, asserted that the Naga reconciliation has to be based on the “historical and political rights of the Nagas.” It also highlighted, of what comprised the “historical and political rights of the Nagas”.
The FNR said that the Naga Reconciliation, contextually, has two levels – spiritual dimension and political dimension.

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