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GPRN/NSCN & Ao Senden restore mutual trust
Published on 21 Aug. 2010 12:26 AM IST
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In a significant development, the GPRN/NSCN and Ao Senden have decided to restore mutual trust and confidence and thawing the “frozen relationship” between the two sides after a gap of several years.
According to the MIP of the GPRN/NSCN, the “frozen relationship” finally melted and gave way to warm and cordial interaction between the two sides at Circuit House Mokokchung on August 19.
Leaders of the GPRN/NSCN and the Senden, in a joint statement, disclosed that the deliberation took place in a frank and cordial manner and took a meaningful step towards restoring the trust and confidence between them after a gap of several years.
The joint statement also acknowledged the “great contribution” of the legendary Ao patriots and also the common man since the beginning of the Naga political struggle.
Both concurred that the horizon of reconciliation process was not only limited to Naga political groups but encompassed Naga tribes, communities and organizations. The signatories described the goodwill visit of the GPRN/NSCN representatives to Ao region as being in line with the Naga reconciliation process which was deeply respected by both the sides. The signatories included- Ao Senden president, Lendinokdang and general secretary A. Nungsang Jamir, NPAC convener Azheto Chophy, MIP kilonser Meren Nokpu and kilonser for PR & NGOs Wangtin Naga.
Meanwhile, a separate statement the MIP GPRN/NSCN described the consensual visit as important as it was time for Nagas to seek each other, reconcile and heal old wounds. The MIP also said that the GPRN/NSCN, NNC/FGN or any group reaching out to reconcile with fellow Naga tribes to bury past misunderstandings was a noble gesture. It said that the goodwill visit to Ao region reflected maturity and statesmanship of GPRN/NSCN and Ao leadership of the day. The GPRN said that the development has contributed to the momentum for peace and reconciliation among the Nagas.
Before departing from Mokokchung, the GPRN/NSCN delegation numbering more than 50 led by Convener, National Political Advisory Council (NPAC) Azheto Chophy visited Longkhum village where the mortal remains of former NNC president late Imkongmeren and general secretary, NSCN late Dally Mungro were buried. Rich floral tributes and prayers were offered to the departed leaders.
Reacting to the statement of the NSCN (I-M) which appeared in the local papers on August 17, wherein it had described the GPRN/NSCN and FGN of “aggressively advancing for territoriall expansion everywhere”, the GPRN/NSCN termed it as “extremely unfortunate” . It said judging by the NSCN(I-M)’s “frantic” press release, the rival appeared to be living and confronting similar situation as in Afghanistan or Iraq rather than in Nagaland where Naga reconciliation process under the aegis of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) was taking place.
The MIP said it was “inconceivable for a political organization, a signatory of the Covenant of Reconciliation”, to dig up World War II phrases such as, “aggressively advancing for territorial expansion everywhere” or labeling Naga political groups as “aggressors and intruders”. It said “reconciliation and unity among the Nagas will not materialize if one group sits on the imaginary throne and bark orders at others.”
It said that when the door to Muivah’s home state was “slammed right in his face” at Mao gate, the bubble burst and even the VVIP ticket in his hand did not help forcing him to pass his time driving around Nagaland crediting and discrediting past Naga leaders according to places he visited. “Even at his weakest hour with hundreds of unanswered questions, Nagas opened their doors to Th. Muivah because the spirit of Peace and Reconciliation is honored in Nagaland,” the MIP added.

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