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FNR keeps up hope on Highest Level Meet
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 30 (NPN):
Published on 31 Mar. 2011 12:51 AM IST
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Even as continued efforts were going on for holding the Highest Level Meet (HLM) of the various Naga political groups, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has sought to enliven the hopes of the people saying “all is not lost” and that it would keep on trying until the Summit was held.
“We can never lose heart,” said FNR member Neingulo Krome addressing a press conference at Hotel Saramti Dimapur Wednesday afternoon. He admitted, “We are in a very difficult situation but not unknowingly.”
Supplementing to his point was FNR convener Rev Dr. Wati Aier, who said that the Naga people have great expectations from the leaders of the Naga political groups. Rev Dr. Wati said no Naga group had maintained that the HLM was unnecessary but that they were committed to it. He, however, said there were certain things which needed to be resolved before holding the HLM adding “it’s not easy.” Rev Dr. Wati said that the FNR had thought of holding the Summit in the month of March but owing certain logistics it has been delayed.
He said the FNR was anxious to materialize the HLM at the earliest adding “We have tried our best.” He admitted that the FNR, since October last, had to cancel some plans it had in mind but asserted that the Forum had picked up the tempo.
“I don’t think the reconciliation process has slowed down. Our meeting with leaders has been much more than before. The response is positive from all Naga groups,” Rev. Dr. Wati responded to a question from the media persons. He said it was also “too early” for the Naga people to be expecting concrete decisions from leaders of the Naga political groups stating that the public must understand their (leaders) problems.
He said the Naga people should not be dismayed as sometimes the expectations were much higher. Rev. Dr. Wati that the Naga reconciliation process has been moving on a different speed ever since the signing of the Covenant of Reconciliation (COR).
He also said that the FNR has been regularly keeping in touch with various leaders of the Naga political groups. Rev. Dr. Wati said communication problem had always persisted when he spoke to GPRN/NSCN chairman, S. S. Khaplang over the phone at least 47 times during the period between September 2008 and September 2010. “He has never said he is not coming (for the HLM),” the FNR convener said. Taking a question on inclusive reconciliation, he said the works of the FNR would be incomplete if any group was left out. “Others should not feel that they are left out, it is a process,” he added.
Meanwhile, the FNR in a statement, “FNR’s Disposition: Journey of Common Hope,” said that the reconciliation process has started a new chapter of unraveling issues of logistics, security, communication, and trust building— on the practical level towards the goal.
For this reason, the FNR said it was soliciting the public to commiserate the enormous responsibilities before the Nagas and the issues at stake for the Naga national leaders.
It described the signing of the COR as a “gigantic step forward” for the Nagas. The FNR said it has taken the mandate of the Naga people for the HLM as highest priority and that since October 2010, the Forum has been constantly meeting the concerned groups and its leaders in their localities. FNR said that a total of 31 meetings, within the last 5 months, either jointly or separately have been held.
“On this new chapter of Naga Reconciliation no signatories of the COR have ever disowned their unqualyfing commitment to reconciliation,” the FNR said.
Further, it said that the public and its apex organizations and the churches, have been the backbone of the “Journey of Common Hope.” FNR said it had experienced within the last three years that “impossibles” could be turned to “possibilities.” It said that the spirit of concrete hope and faith needed to be renewed and carried on. The FNR made available copies of three separate statements issued by leaders of the NNC/FGN, GPRN/NSCN and NSCN (I-M) during its meeting with them during the last two days.
All the three groups reaffirmed their commitment to the COR. NSCN (I-M) chairman, Isak Chishi Swu said all Nagas must come together and that the NSCN (I-M) would fully abide by the COR. NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Th Muivah said the collective leadership have come to Nagaland for reconciliation at the highest level adding “we are still waiting…. how long can we wait for anyone who go on disappointing the people.”
The GPRN/NSCN said though Nagas, at times, have been swayed by forces despite its assurances, Kitovi and Gen Khole said they were committed in upholding the spirit of the COR by working out the differences. NNC/FGN assured the Naga people of its unconditional support to the COR and remaining steadfast to the COR. Zhopra Vero and Brig (Retd), S. Singnya said they were sincerely committed to the HLM.

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