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Announce Naga political solution without further delay: NGBF tells Centre

Announce Naga political solution without further delay: NGBF tells Centre
A file photo of NGBF members with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi in 2017.
DIMAPUR, NOV 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/4/2020 12:35:56 PM IST

Nagaland Gaonbura Federation (NGBF) has appealed to the government of India to announce the Naga political solution without further delay, stating that the promise of early solution for the last two decades and lapse of one year after conclusion of the formal dialogue has created void and apprehension in the minds of the Nagas.

This was among several resolutions adopted by the federation during its annual executive meeting held at Niathu Resort here on Tuesday, NGBF president Shalem Konyak, vice-president Khashito Yeptho and general secretary Shikuto Zalipu stated. 

Also appealing to NSCN (I-M) to expedite the peace process and join hands for Naga political solution, the forum said it was fully convinced that the Nagas were fully prepared for a negotiated and honourable political solution, adding that there was no reason to further delay signing of the Indo-Naga political agreement.

Further, NGBF said branding all peace and early solution-yearning Nagas, including 14 tribes and other civil society organisations, as traitors and anti-Naga was unprecedented and demeaning. The federation asserted that this was uncalled for and strongly condemned it. Expressing unhappiness at the overt threats and intimidations being issued through the media, NGBF said gaonburas/village chieftains had been at the forefront of peace and diplomatic initiatives with the Centre (GoI) and also among the warring Naga groups since the beginning of the Indo-Naga political conflict.

Noting that it had been at the receiving end of every side, the forum nevertheless resolved to work tirelessly to facilitate an honourable settlement of the conflict through political negotiation.

Calling for understanding “our own history, our culture and traditions”, NGBF declared that the stand of the gaonburas did not require any “recognition certificate” from anybody. 

The forum said significance of gaonbura institution in Nagaland had been well documented and recorded even before the arrival of British, adding ignorant attitude of some people had let them to view them as mere government agents and distorted traditional legacy, besides trying to subdue the legitimate rights of the gaonburas.

NFGF declared that, post-solution, it would not tolerate or allow any anti-peace elements or forces to take shelter, use violence and issue threats and intimidation to individual Naga leaders, tribal leaders and Naga citizens under any pretext or circumstances in its ancestral and traditional jurisdiction.

Warning to confront such threats in Naga soil with active participation of the people, the forum said it would utilise all resources to preserve and maintain peace in “our land”.

Observing that the Naga political issue is at the threshold of a new era, the forum cautioned that loopholes could lead to regret in the future. 

Therefore, it appealed to Naga political negotiating parties and GoI to abide by what had been declared to the Naga people and translate without delay into reality the October 31, 2019 decision announcement that the negotiations between GoI and both Naga negotiating parties NSCN (I-M) and WC, NNPGs, had been completed. To backtrack from such well-documented mutual understanding would be a betrayal to the Nagas, it stressed.

The meeting further urged security forces to refrain from raids in villages on the pretext of patrolling keeping in view the seriousness of the situation, adding this has created fear psychosis among the innocent public.

 

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