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NBCC appeals for peace in Kiphire
Published on 31 Aug. 2010 12:49 AM IST
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Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), concerned over the situation in Kiphire district, has appealed to the leaders of Sangtams and Yimchungrüs to resolve the issue through peaceful method and honest dialogue in the name of Lord Jesus.
According to NBCC, major issues including road shows, land dispute, demand for separate district and displacement of about 200 Yimchungru families has affected Kiphire district.
Concerned over the situation, the NBCC had deputed its representatives, on a “Peace Mission”, to the conflict affected Kiphire and Pungro towns, from August 24 to 26, and met district administrators, church leaders, Yimchungru Tribal Council (YTC), United Sangtam Likhüm Bümji (USLB) and public. “Substantial time was spent in prayer for healing and we appeal them for the restoration of peace,” said NBCC peace affairs director Rev. L. Kari Longchar in a press release.
NBCC said that it was good gesture on the part of USLB to call upon all displaced Yimchungrü people to return to Kiphire town.
Also, acknowledging the efforts of eight legislatures, from Eastern Nagaland Legislatures Union (ENLU), the NBCC said tension was diffused to some extent by the timely visit of legislators.
It, however, stated that legislatures were given ultimatum by the Yimchungrus that their demands be decided by the state government by August 31, 2010.
YTC, in a memorandum to state chief minister on August 16, had demanded to carve out a separate administrative district headquarters for the Yimchungrü tribe inclusive of all Yimchungrü inhabited areas of Tuensang and Kiphire districts.
“Yimchungru Tribal Council (YTC) reiterated again and again that they will launch confrontation with appropriate course of action if the Govt. fails to meet their demand in the speculated time,” said Rev. L.Kari Longchar. With regard to this, the NBCC has requested the Nagaland government to heed to the psychology of the mass movement and respond with the best options within its capacity at the earliest.
On displaced people, the Church has sought for joint efforts by both the communities to bring back those 200 displaced Yimchungrü families to Kiphire. It also pleaded for restoration of harmonious relationship and caring community that was free from fear and mistrust.
It also requested the YTC to bear with the government and relax their ultimatum as “hundred years problem cannot be settled in one week’s time.” “Let both sides take no reckless steps which will render sensitive crisis unmanageable,” the NBCC remarked.

Kiphire Road Show called off

Citing the prevailing law and order situation in Kiphire district, the state cabinet has called off the Road Show scheduled for September 2 and 3 at Kiphire. According to an official notification, the state cabinet took the decision during its meeting on August 24.

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