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Civil societies call for final solution to the Naga issue

DIMAPUR, OCT 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/27/2019 11:49:15 AM IST

With the deadline for conclusion of Naga peace talks drawing near, civil society organisations are calling for a final solution to the protracted Naga political issue.

Poumai Naga Union (PNU), the apex organisation of Poumai community, reaffirmed its support to the collective leadership and the demand for a separate Naga flag and constitution, even as Maram Thangal Council (MTC) voiced unequivocal support to the ongoing peace talks and called for its logical solution. PNU’s reaffirmation was made during its consultative meeting on the emerging situation held at its office in Senapati on Saturday, which was attended by all its subordinate bodies and public leaders.

According to a press release issued by PNU president SP Lawrence and PNU general secretary Kumo Sha, the union appealed to the negotiating teams to work out the final settlement on the basis of “historic” Framework Agreement between Government of India (GoI) and the Naga people represented by NSCN (I-M) to usher in an enduring and inclusive new relationship of peaceful coexistence between India and the Nagas.

The union pointed out that the Naga people had suffered for more than seven decades due to conflict and deeply longed for a lasting peaceful settlement that was honourable, respectable and acceptable. It prayed that Godly wisdom and insights might be bestowed upon the negotiators to apply best of minds for final settlement.

MTC: Meanwhile, a joint consultative meeting of MTC held at Katomei village multipurpose hall on October 24 and attended by the collective leadership and personalities from Maram and Thangal tribes extended unequivocal support to the ongoing peace talks and called for logical solution. 

According to a release issued by MTC, the joint consultative meeting was presided over by council president A John and attended by 120 important personalities.  MTC is a conglomeration of two tribes – Maram and Thangal. Besides unanimously resolving to extend unflinching support to the Naga negotiators and the peace process and calling for an early solution, the meeting also resolved to welcome any honourable, inclusive, logical and acceptable solution to the vexed Indo-Naga issue. 

The House further resolved to stand united and extend full support to any leader or individual who work and stand in the interest and welfare of “our people”. Those present at the meeting included Maram and Thangal Union Executives, national workers, ranks and files from Maram-Thangal region, current and former autonomous district council members, former. MLAs and ministers, intellectuals, Maram Thangal Women Union, student leaders (MKS/TAJ), religious leaders, MRNBA/TNBA/MACA/CRC and leaders from different zones. 

And considering the significance of the Indo-Naga peace talks held that same day in New Delhi between GoI and NSCN (I-M) representatives, a mass prayer was also held on the occasion that was led by TBNA executive secretary Rev RK Cheijinba, especially for those involved in the peace talks. Some of the important personalities who spoke and shared their views and ideas on the Indo-Naga peace talks, prevailing scenario, strengthening peace, harmony and unity were Maram Union president K Raisong, Thangal Union president Kaping, national workers (Maram-Thangal region), former MLAs and ministers and intellectuals. 

 

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