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September 18 Summit a priceless gift, says FNR
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Sep. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) Sunday described the September 18 ‘September Summit’ as a “priceless gift” to the Naga people from the highest level leaders of the NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN who attended the meeting.
FNR said that the NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th Muivah, NNC/FGN kedaghe (president) Brig (Retd) S Singnya and GPRN/NSCN general secretary, N. Kitovi Zhimomi accompanied by senior leaders of their groups, attended the highest-level leadership meeting that took place at Dimapur amidst the “abyss of uncertainty.”
Lauding each of the leaders, FNR said it was touched by the sincerity of the Naga leaders and their down-to-earth leadership exhibited throughout the proceedings which signaled the beginning of a new era of bright hope for the Nagas.
The Forum recalled that it was only last Sunday, September 12 when Christians across Naga areas and Baptists in many parts of the world prayed for the highest level meeting of the Naga leaders. Exactly a week after, the FNR said, people have begun harvesting the intercessions of God’s people. “All achievements have come from God and FNR attests to this fact,” it stated.
According to FNR, signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation would be engaged in working out their differences in the coming days and called upon all to render their fullest support. FNR reminded all Naga political groups that one without the other would be incomplete and that it stood by its own words. It reiterated that all of them were part of the jig-saw-puzzle of the Naga nation and everyone has a role to play.
“From despondency, the Journey of Common Hope, is emerging with concrete hope towards the future. We are humbled and profoundly mindful of God’s faithfulness all through the journey—a journey sometimes filled with fear and hopelessness,” FNR said.
The Forum, meanwhile, extended sincere gratitude to the Shisha Hoho Prayer Center, NBCC, CNBC, NCRC, Nagaland Catholic Churches Association, Christians organizations in Naga areas, other Christian organizations throughout the world, Naga Hoho, ENPO, NMA, NSF, NPMHR, UNC, NWUM, and all other Naga tribal organizations for their tireless support to Naga reconciliation.
FNR once against acknowledged Hukato and Debby Naga, for their wholehearted support in hosting the entire event and paryed for God’s blessing upon them.
FNR also highlighted the text of the “Historical and Political Rights of the Nagas” as written in “ACROSS-the-BOARD: IPSO FACTO.
Meanwhile, in an exclusive interaction with Nagaland Post, convener of FNR, Rev Dr Wati Aier affirmed that the summit was just a beginning and described the reconciliation process as “dynamic in nature”. He asserted that the FNR is not a political body though some issues of reconciliation were political in nature by admitting, “certain pockets of disputes” were present to disrupt the process.
Aier said that the Forum exists only for reconciliation among the groups. “It is for them to build the house and decide the kitchen, bedroom and so on,” he said.
When asked about the recent factional clashes, Aier said it has been sporadic and maintained the leaders had no qualms about it. He said that the issue of territorial expansion would be discussed from time to time by the Joint Working Group. The FNR convener disclosed that one person in the rank of colonel and above from each group was suggested for the JWG to maintain direct contact and avoid skirmishes and keep a ‘peace-line.’

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