Lotha, Konyak communities call for early and peaceful solution

Lotha, Konyak communities call for early and peaceful solution
Lotha Hoho consultative meeting at Wokha Local ground. (LH)
DIMAPUR, OCT 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/30/2019 12:21:02 PM IST

Announcing support to both the Framework Agreement and Agreed Position between New Delhi and NSCN (I-M) and seven NNPGs respectively, the Lotha tribe has urged Government of India (GoI) and the negotiating parties to come to a peaceful solution at an early date. 

A four-point resolution to this effect was passed at a consultative general meeting held at Wokha local ground on Wednesday under the aegis of Lotha Hoho and attended by thousands of Lothas from all over Nagaland. The meeting also resolved to stand by the decision/resolution of the 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland adopted at Kohima on October 22. 

The meeting further resolved that “if any untoward incident occurs on any Lotha Hoho member or Lotha individual in connection with the Naga political solution, the Lotha general public, through Lotha Hoho, will initiate appropriate action against the individual/group responsible.” It added that “family members of any individual involved in any untoward incident will also be held accountable.”

Members of the Lotha community also decided not to allow Lotha area to be used as “a battleground/killing field” by any individual or group, and warned that any individual or group going against their wishes would face action. 

The meeting also denounced “self-styled leadership” of Sulanthung Humtsoe and his “self-created organisation”, while warning him to immediately stop his “mischievous anti Lotha activities.”

KU for frontier Nagaland: Konyaks have reiterated their demand for including Frontier Nagaland in the final agreement as past agreements had allegedly only brought adversities and instabilities to Eastern Nagaland, and they did not want to suffer the same fate again.

And questioning whether India’s approach towards the Naga peace talks was a mere initiative or a step aimed at ending the armed conflict, an All Konyak Summit on Naga political issue held at Mon on Wednesday also called for a holistic, peaceful and honourable solution accommodating aspirations of all sections of the Naga society. Representatives from all Konyak apex organisations comprising Konyak Union, Konyak Nyupuh Sheko Khong, Konyak Studens’ Union, Mon District GBs Union, Konyak Village Council Union, Mon District VDB Association, Konyak Baptist Bumeinok Banjum, all Konyak Union units and Konyak Union Advisory Board Council attended the meeting.

Recalling their call for “unity first, solution next”, the Konyak organisations lamented that had other Naga tribes paid heed to their call, the Nagas could have achieved a breakthrough in its political aspiration today. They regretted that the Nagas had missed many opportune political moments on account of disunity and greed.

The meeting, therefore, once again appealed to all Naga tribes to remain united for peaceful and honourable solution first, leaving aside differences, jealousy, greed and misunderstandings, “but embrace one another forgiving and forgetting in the name of the Almighty God”. It further appealed to all Naga political groups in the negotiating table to come together and work for a common solution acceptable to all sections of the Naga society.

Also appealing to Government of India (GoI) to understand and resolve the decades-old problem by considering Naga people’s sentiments and aspirations, the Konyaks stressed that deadlock of the past 22 years should be resolved. They also demanded that Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act should be lifted after the solution to pave way for a peace and developmental.

The meeting further urged all Konyak citizens in different political groups to be part of the peaceful and honourable solution and strive in accordance with its resolutions.

Taking into consideration the Naga political reality that the Konyaks were living in both India and Myanmar, the Konyaks appealed to GoI to initiate political talks with Government of Myanmar for the integration of Konyak Nagas for a “coherent and vibrant society”. They also appealed to GoI for accommodation of developmental needs of the Nagas in Myanmar in its Act East Policy in the form of foreign aid and grants.

Noting that the Konyaks had faced enough atrocities and bloodshed on their soil, the meeting declared their zone as “non-infiltration zone and a complete peace zone”. And any group that defied the declaration would not be tolerated and would be tagged as enemy of the Konyaks, the meeting cautioned. 

The meeting also directed all Konyak organisations and village councils to safeguard the declaration of Konyak land as “peace zone”.

This was stated in a press release by Konyak Union president Howing Konyak and general secretary Wango Konyak.


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