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Swu, Khaplang meeting most likely : FNR
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 18 (NPN):
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Published on 19 Nov. 2010 1:24 AM IST
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FNR Convenor Rev.Dr.Wati Aier has expressed strong optimism about reconciliation gaining momentum in the likelihood of a meeting between top leaders of the NSCN groups-.S.Khaplang (NSCN-K) and Isak Chishi Swu(NSCN-IM).
“There are signs and good signals for both the leaders coming together” said Dr Wati when he disclosed that FNR had sent many messages and feelers to both the leaders. He expressed the hope that both leaders would reconcile very soon.
The meeting between the two leaders, if held, could play a very significant role in the reconciliation process against the backdrop of the recent September 18 summit between ato kilonsers Th. Muivah, Kitovi Zhimomi and kedaghe ‘Brig (Rtd)’ S Singnya.
Expressing happiness over the progress since the last 33 months, Rev Wati affirmed that the leaders were committed to the entire reconciliation issue. He also underscored the need for another meeting at the highest level of the groups. “Everybody feels that something is missing without Khaplang and Isak….they were all comrades at one point of time” he said He also clearly put across the point that FNR was ever ready to facilitate talks between the two leaders wherever possible.
Asked about the ‘paper war’ between the factions Rev Wati said even they(FNR) were careful about wordings and efforts were on to pacify the groups. Without pinpointing at any group, Rev Wati also admitted that criticisms were also received from some quarters for not using ‘strong words’.
Admitting that occasional hiccups did occurred leading to sporadic violence during the journey, Rev Wati opined that the stray incidents were not endorsed by the ‘governments’.
On the obstruction faced by FNR, Rev Wati commented that tribalism was “a big monkey on the back of the Nagas” but it did not deter the groups over the issue of reconciliation. “When it comes to Naga issue, they are quite consistent” he said. He also said the state government has been quite supportive by not calling the shots and not interfering in the affairs of reconciliation. “The biggest obstruction have been trying to control the situation, communication failure, reading into situation instead of reading out, tremendous built of suspicions and myth accumulation” he pointed out.
Rev.Wati asserted that the Plebiscite declaration and Simon commission were historical facts and affirmed that the ceasefire signed between the government of India with the NSCN (I-M) in 1997 cannot be sidelined. He also said opined that suggestions in some quarters that current talks between the Centre with the NSCN(I-M) should be suspended and carried forward after all groups reconcile, not a bad idea. Wati however said it was easier said than and added that inclusive political settlement meant inclusion of all Naga inhabited areas.
On the issue of taxation, Rev Wati disclosed that leaders of all three groups were very much aware about the situation and had expressed concern.

 
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