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JWG signatories reaffirm ‘status quo’
Published on 9 Mar. 2011 1:20 AM IST
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Joint Working Group (JWG) of the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation (CoR) Tuesday reaffirmed that “a complete ‘Status Quo’ by the signatories of the CoR be maintained,” and that “the (military) activities and movements of the respective governments including cadres etc. should remain confined to their own and respective jurisdictions.”
This was contained in a joint declaration signed by JWG convenors- “gen” (retd) V.S Atem, Zhopra Vero and C. Singsong who met on March 8 to affirm that “Highest Level Summit (HLS)” of the Naga political groups was their priority. They also affirmed that all signatories would not “swerve from the commitment made before God to the Naga people.”
The signatories maintained that despite realization of the urgency of the summit, the process, “at times there has been stalled but not cast off”. With regard to the HLS meet, they called upon the Naga people to keep “our hope alive” through faith and prayers and by remaining vigilant.
“We must not let any coercive elements undermine our historical and political de-facto,” they said while affirming that the JWG would relentlessly pursue the commitments made.
Further, they expressed hope that the commitment would lead to building trust amongst all parties and to prepare the way for immediate consummation of the Naga reconciliation process.
FNR appeals
Meanwhile, informing Naga public that Naga reconciliation process has slowed down and a stalemate has been reached, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) today called upon all Nagas to openly come out and express their demand for highest level reconciliation meeting of the top leaders.
In a statement, the FNR also implored the signatories of CoR to respect past agreements to resolve all outstanding issues and differences through non-violence, respect and love.
The forum advocated that highest level reconciliation meeting be held soon so reconciliation process could advance towards it “rational end.” (Full text in page-4)

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