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Assam-Ao peace meet held
Correspondent TSUREMEN, (MOKOKCHUNG) Feb 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Feb. 2011 12:57 AM IST
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The Ao Senden, (Hoho) initiated a peace and confidence building meet between Assam and Ao Naga today at border village of Tsuremen village under Mokokchung. President Ao Senden Lendinokdang in his keynote address said that the relationship between the Aos and the Ahoms was a not a new thing and added history was evident of this relationship. He also said peace at the borders will not come just through prayers but by knowing the history and expressed his hope that working towards revival of the history will definitely go a long way in restoring the peaceful relations between all.
The president also said as there was relative peace in the border areas at present, the people should take the opportunity to show to the world that the Assam and Ao people are one people, and that there will definitely be peace in the border. President Ao Senden also as a gesture of goodwill towards neighbors presented Ao shawls to the special invitees and delegates of the meet.
The meeting also witnessed a number of speeches being delivered by both the sides. Speaking at the meeting, the President of the Border Peace Coordination Committee (Assam – Nagaland), BP Bora highlighted the participants about a brief history of the committee. Talking about peace making process in the border areas, Bora emphasized on the setting up of a ‘Culture and Sports’ school in both the states of Nagaland and Assam. He said these schools should be opened in the name of two prominent sportspersons of the two states. The president also highlighted various proposals that have been submitted to both Assam and Nagaland governments which are yet to be implemented. He also suggested that the border magistrate offices should be located in the border areas so that any issues regarding the border can be easily tackled.
Dr. Kirin Pukhon, Director of Institute of Thai Studies and Research said Assam and Nagaland people shared a lot of historical relationship. He said revival of those historical relationships like inter-marriages should be encouraged to bring in peace between the people of the two communities.
NPCC president and Congress MLA SI Sungit who also attended the meeting said that it should be the responsibility and bounden duty of every citizen to ensure peace in the region. He also encouraged the present generation to ensure peace for the sake of the future generation. Dr. Hazarika of Thai Ahom Royal Society, Congress MLAs Sentichuba and C. Apok also spoke at the meeting. The meting adopted a six point resolution which was agreed to by all the participants. Some of the resolutions include respect of relationship between Assam-Nagaland coexistence, any incident/issues arising between two sides would be resolved through indigenous method without waiting for government intervention based on mutual respect, truth and in the interest of peaceful co-existence.

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