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GPRN/NSCN celebrates 3rd anniv of Naga unification
Staff Reporter KHEHOI, NOV 22 (NPN):
Published on 22 Nov. 2010 7:18 PM IST
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The GPRN/NSCN on Monday celebrated the 3rd anniversary of Naga unification at Khehoi designated camp with commander-in-chief Naga army, Gen Khole Konyak as the guest of honour. It may be mentioned that the GPRN/NSCN earlier known as NSCN (K), along with like minded national workers from the NSCN (I-M) unified at Hovishe village on November 22, 2007.
Speaking at the programme after unfurling the Naga national flag and receiving the guard of honour, Khole reaffirmed that all Naga must reconcile irrespective of political affiliations if the “Indo-Naga” problem was to be resolved. He maintained that political agreements without the consent of the Naga people would be counter-productive. Khole said Nagas would achieve their goal only when all groups were united. He, however, said peace within the Naga family was more important and urged the national workers to work for peace among themselves. The Naga army General said the Nagas must ensure that animosity among themselves was reduced and common understanding earnestly pursued. He described the signing of the Covenant of Reconciliation as a remarkable achievement. “We respect the pledge made to the Nagas and till today we are committed to reconciliation, peace and unity of the Nagas,” Khole said.
In his short speech, “Retrospection” GPRN/NSCN ato kilonser, Kitovi Zhimomi called for a stop to infighting and bickering among the Nagas and said the efforts made by the FNR towards this was visible. He also described it as a “dream” that the three leaders, NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th. Muivah, NNC/FGN president, Brig (retd) S. Singnya and himself had met and talked.
In line with the unconditional unity forged between the GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN at Monyakshu on July 15, 2010, Kitovi disclosed that it would soon declare another agreement with the NNC led by Dr. Senka and V. Nagi. Citing these developments, he said that the Naga national workers were already uniting among themselves one after the other. In spite of such steps, Kitovi said, if Nagas national workers could not achieve total unification, then the problem might lay with the overground workers, NGOs etc. He appealed to the overground workers to work for unity among the Nagas.
Later, speaking to media after the programme, Kitovi said that the achievement of the Naga unification was that the sound of the guns had fallen silent for the last three years since November 22, 2007. He said that peace and tranquility have reigned in the land as far as fratricidal killings were concerned
On the issue of permanent political solution, Kitovi said unless the various Naga groups come under one political umbrella, no possible solution could be achieved. Reiterating stand on unification, he said that a workable solution with Indian government could emerge only after all groups come together with common understanding. He also ruled out any separate negotiation with the government of India to bring about solution for the Nagas, further emphasizing the need for all political groups to come together first.
Delivering solidarity message, NNC/FGN vice president, Zhopra Vero said it would be a mistake if people were to think that the Naga issue could be solved by one political group alone and called for resolving the Naga problem with the combined effort of all groups. He also read out the message of NNC/FGN president, Brig (retd) S. Singnya.
The NNC/FGN president called upon the national workers to ponder over if they were really working according to the will of the Naga people. “For if we are, there should be a single house fighting for the people’s aspiration,” Singnya stated.
Stressing on the need for Nagas to be one, NNC general secretary, V. Nagi in his solidarity message said that the time and hour of Naga national unity of solidarity had come and that the national workers should lose no more time in answering the call of the people. “We who bear the weight of our people’s aspirations and expectations must respond with all possible speed and put side any of our differences in the interest of a greater good,” Nagi said. Pointing out that the Naga national groups have agreed to unite based on the historical and political rights of the Nagas, he said this clear political stand for national unity was right and therefore must be implemented without delay. “Naga national unity is the real mandate of the people at this critical stage of our struggle for freedom. National unity in the Naga homeland is the key to final political settlement of Naga struggle for freedom,” Nagi said.
The Naga unification anniversary was attended by senior Naga national workers such as Gen (retd) and former NNC president, I. Panger Walling, NNC deputy commander-in-chief Maj Gen T. M. Rakho, NNC Maj Gen Libenthung, FGN kilonser Puthai Khiamniungan, FGN deputy kilonser Hekhevi and others. Rank and file of the GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN were also present in large numbers.
Some of the NGOs that were represented included; FNR, Naga Hoho, ENPO, NMA, ENSF, WSKH, Naga Council etc. The programme was also attended by village and church leaders, public and well wishers. Special numbers were presented by Sumi Baptist Church Purana Bazar choir and Naga Idol 2008, Toshinaro Imchen while the Asen Cultural Society Chumukedima performed a traditional item. Joint secretary, Ghukiho and deputy secretary Hotoli were the moderators.

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