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Any opting out of COR answerable to Nagas
Published on 28 Feb. 2011 12:29 AM IST
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Citing several tangible outcomes and achievements during the last 36 months in the Journey of Common Hope and now wielding the future towards a common humanity and political identity, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has declared that any one/group opting out of the Naga reconciliation process would be answerable to the Naga people.
In a statement titled, “Credo: FNR’s stance” FNR said that the Nagas cannot be deterred from the commitment made through the Covenant of Reconciliation (COR) and its subsequent affirmation.It also admitted that the COR, had also been, at times, debauched by its signatories and therefore viewed that it would be “too idealistic” to assume that the highest level meeting would be considered only after all difficulties were removed.
FNR reiterated its position that since Nagas have problems within and therefore need to sit and talk but if there was no problem then there would be no reason to reconcile,
Further FNR opined that if any set back arose in the journey of common hope, it would refer the mandate of the Nagas, back to the Naga people in order to make a pronouncement. It renewed its call on all signatories to immediately refrain from all forms of armed confrontations, which were totally contrary to the resolutions and agreements arrived at on several occasions and made known to the public. FNR urged all parties to avoid any action that might seem provocative to the reconciliation process.
Maintaining that it(FNR) was responsible and accountable to the people vis-à-vis the mandate of the Nagas, the FNR reaffirmed its stand that the highest level meeting of the Naga political leaders “must produce a decisive harvest.”
Towards this, FNR asked all parties committed to the highest level meeting to exercise their given responsibility with affirmative intentionality and unswerving adherence to reconciliation based on the “Historical and Political Rights of the Nagas” bound by “love and respect” as the COR stated.
FNR urged Nagas to move on with resolute tenacity more than ever adding that the moment has come when Nagas should move as one with ever increasing and renewed strength. Further it asserted that Naga history “cannot choose what is not ours nor invent anything more than what are our historical and political rights.”
It went on to say that Naga people have a history that was not arbitrary—not wielded under conditions created by the Nagas, but under conditions directly primordial, a given-ness, trajected from the past. FNR affirmed that the past history was inalienably the soul of the Nagas and the very reason of Naga people’s survival and their un-extinguishable energy.
It also recalled that on four occasions- September 25, 2008, at the Sumi Baptist Church, Dimapur, 47 Naga organizations, including the Church; on February 22, 2009, Kohima, 45 organizations and the Church; on August 26, 2009, Dimapur, 46 organizations and the Church; and on November 18, 2010, Dimapur, 40 organizations and the Church, unanimously resolved that the meeting of the “highest level Naga political leaders be held at the earliest.”
Besides, FNR also recalled that on November 18, 2010, Naga people resolutely announced that the highest level meeting be held within the earliest stipulated time frame without further delay or disappointment.
It said that the honourable and historical COR signed on June 13, 2009, by Isak Chishi Swu, chairman, NSCN (I-M); Brig. (Retd) S Singnya, president, FGN/NNC; and S. S. Khaplang, chairman, GPRN/NSCN was reaffirmed on September 18, 2011, by Th Muivah, general secretary, NCSN (I-M); Brig. (Retd) S Singnya, president, FGN/NNC; and Kitovi Zhimomi, general secretary, GPRN/NSCN. “Hence, the COR remains un-paralleled for the Nagas; it is the Naga peoples’ capital - a Magna Carta - in resolving the past through forgiveness; and wielding the future toward a common humanity and common political identity,” FNR added.

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