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NGOs call for highest level meeting
Published on 19 Nov. 2010 1:23 AM IST
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Reaffirming their resolution adopted on September 25, 2008, February 22, 2009 and August 26, 2009, altogether 40 Naga NGOs including the Church under the banner of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) Thursday made an earnest and urgent call for the ‘highest level meeting’ of the top leaders of the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation (COR) to be convened within the next 45 days.
Naga tribal organizations led by NBCC, CNBC, Naga Hoho and ENPO held a joint meeting with the FNR at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur on Thursday.
In order to materialize the highest level meeting, the gathering called upon the Joint Working Group (JWG) to immediately prepare all necessary logistics to expedite the process. Expressing deep concern over the increasing violations of the Covenant of Reconciliation, the meeting implored the signatories of the COR to cease all forms of violence — violence of words, publications, arrests and armed confrontations and to vigilantly guard against excessive and unauthorized taxation from within and without, with immediate effect.
It was stated that the Naga frontal organizations, the Church, and the Naga public were in complete support of the Naga Reconciliation process and would therefore not permit any act that contravened the principle and spirit of the Covenant of Reconciliation. The meeting called upon the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation to immediately stop all acts that violated the COR.
In a separate statement, FNR convener, Rev Dr. Wati Aier pointed out that Nagas have achieved tangible outcomes during the last 33 months of the Journey of Common Hope and that they must now move on with resolute tenacity more than ever.
Empathizing with the leaders’ difficulties, the FNR said that the Naga people have resolutely called for the highest level meeting to be held within the earliest stipulated time frame without further delay or disappointment.
Referring to the escalation of violence which was clearly evident, FNR said the Naga people were increasingly becoming weary at the state of affairs. Wati said it was not the time to sit back, nor justify one-self but that it was the moment to move on unitedly with ever increasing renewed strength. FNR called upon the Naga tribal leaders, the Church and the people living in Naga areas to render their unflinching support for Naga reconciliation, like earlier.
Sumi Hoho resolves
Sumi Hoho has resolved to endorse support and “fullest cooperation” to the Covenant of Reconciliation signed by three top leaders of Naga political groups on inclusiveness of all Naga underground groups to the Naga political talk with the government of India.
A statement released by Sumi Hoho president Hokishe Yepthomi and general secretary Kitoho S. Rotokha said this was resolved in a meeting held November 12 at Zunheboto.
Further, the Sumi Hoho requested the FNR to initiate and pave the way for three leaders to come together to “our homeland (Nagaland)” to thrash out differences and talk with the centre the soon.

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