Avoid issues that could delay resolution of Naga issue: NTC

DIMAPUR, SEP 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/29/2019 11:19:54 AM IST

Noting that the Naga peace process has reached a crucial stage, Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has appealed to Government of India (GoI) and the two groups of Naga negotiators not to opt for avenues that could delay in resolving the decades-old Naga political issue.

Asking all sides to have an open mind and be bold in concluding the peace process with a solution, council president Toniho Yepthomi and general secretary Nribemo Ngullie, in a statement, pointed out that GoI had already set a time schedule within which the negotiators were required to hammer out the solution in the greater interest of Nagas. And if any contentious issue remained unresolved, NTC said this should not be allowed to become a roadblock to solution. Any issue that was of common interest would remain the collective responsibility of the Nagas to pursue post solution, it added. The council said it believed that the political solution would not only resolve those issues being dealt with by the negotiators, but also have positive impact on the overall scenario. It therefore implored upon the negotiators not to fail the Nagas at this crucial hour. While ceasefire was a means to political negotiations between GoI and Naga negotiators, NTC said the ongoing negotiations were a means to the political solution. And with so much labour, the negotiations had now reached a very crucial stage and should not be allowed to become a futile exercise, it added. 

So, if any entity now tended to undermine the humbleness, commitment and participation of the other, it would be a loss to oneself than to the other, it emphasised. The council also cautioned that, if any entity failed to realise how vital the ongoing negotiations were, the ultimate result of such negligence would be nothing more than regret. And should any negotiator become complacent or irresponsible by which the process was led to a stalemate, the obvious consequence would be further wrangling that would only produce seeds for retrogression in the long run, NTC warned.



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