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First JWG meet after Sept Summit
Published on 11 Oct. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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After the historic September Summit of September 18, the Joint Working Group of NSCN (I-M), NNC/FGN and GPRN/NSCN met for the first time on October 9 at Dimapur and discussed certain vital issues such as the breach of the “Covenant of Reconciliation”, kidnappings and extortions.
According to the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), JWG conveners ‘Gen. (retd)’ VS Atem, Zhopra Vero, and C. Singson attended the meeting, which proceeded remarkably well in the true spirit of mutual respect and openness among the members present. Deputy chief of the army FGN/NNC, ‘Major General’ Rhakho and GPRN/NSCN ‘Brig.’ Vehoto were also present. A statement jointly signed by the conveners was also made available to the media.
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FNR said that the meeting discussed the breach of the “Covenant of Reconciliation” through pockets of conflicts in recent past, the importance of proper information and correction of commanders and army officer incharges in the fields and maintaining “Status Quo” vis-a-vis one’s own designated camps.
The JWG agreed to pass prior and proper information to each other in all cases necessary movement of armed cadres requiring passage to each other’s territory. In this regard, it was agreed that a direct line of communication would be initiated between the conveners of the JWG and also among army personnel, the FNR stated.
Admitting that kidnappings and extortions have become “unbearable concern” for all and expressing “utter displeasure,” the JWG agreed to individually and jointly clamp down on any groups be it Nagas or others taking the name of Naga organizations with immediate effect. The public was urged to remain vigilant and render their cooperation in order to clean up the menace without delay.
FNR said despite the progress made in reconciliation, harder and more difficult issues remained and it acknowledged and appreciated the efforts of all.
The Forum apologized for leaving out Dimapur Naga Council whose support and encouragement it received was not mentioned in the last few press releases. “On every occasion Dimapur Naga council has been one of the strong supporters of the FNR,” it stated.
It appealed to the people for their continuous prayers and to spread the good message of reconciliation and peace everywhere.

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