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Naga group leaders to meet soon
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Sep. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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A meeting of the highest level leaders of the Naga political groups which is being planned under the initiative of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, for the consummation of the Naga reconciliation process, is likely to be held in the month of September. Both the NSCN (I-M) and GPRN/NSCN have said they were looking forward to the meeting.
Speaking to Nagaland Post over phone, FNR convener, Rev. Dr. Wati Aier said the meeting of the top level leadership would most probably be held in the month of September as their meeting was of utmost urgency at this hour. Without specifying the location, he said that the meeting be held within Naga areas.
When contacted, a source in the NSCN (I-M) welcomed the proposed meet and said it was the desire of the Nagas to meet without the limit of the length and breadth of Nagas living all over. “Very fine, that it what we are looking forward,” a NSCN (I-M) official said requesting anonymity. The official said that the NSCN (I-M) was expecting its chairman, Isak Chishi Swu, who is also the signatory to the Covenant of Reconciliation to attend the highest level leaders’ meeting. In the event Swu could not attend the meet, the official said the NSCN (I-M) would depute any other official/s with the consent of its chairman since such decisions cannot be simply taken by the kilo (home) ministry.
Echoing similar views, the GPRN/NSCN said that the proposed meeting was a “very much awaited occasion.” A GPRN/NSCN official, when contacted, said that its chairman S. S. Khaplang was whole-heartedly supporting the reconciliation process taking place under FNR and that he was in favour of the meeting of all top leaders, although he might not be able to attend the meet owing to health condition. The source, however, said that its ‘ato kilonser’, N. Kitovi Zhimomi and commander-in-chief, ‘Gen’ Khole would most probably attend the meet as both the leaders were looking forward to meeting leaders of other Naga groups.
According to the source, Kitovi held the view that since the Naga people were supportive of the reconciliation process, there was no reason why the reconciliatory effort should be left halfway.
The official said the ‘ato kilonser’ expressed the hope that Nagas would definitely take it as a very meaningful step towards final reconciliation and that the meeting of all top leaders should be held at the earliest.
On NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah’s earlier statement that he was averse to meeting Kitovi, the GPRN/NSCN source said Kitovi had thought that Muivah might not have really meant what he said but unintentional. “Perhaps our ato kilonser (Kitovi) feels that whatever Muivah had said might not be intentional but it might be the situation at that point of time - the Manipur situation,” the GPRN/NSCN official said. The source said Kitovi was looking forward to meeting leaders of other political groups and was expecting them to attend the meet. Leaders of other Naga groups could not be spoken to despite several attempts.

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