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Naga political groups celebrate ‘73rd Naga Independence Day’

Naga political groups celebrate ‘73rd Naga Independence Day’
Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, AUG 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/14/2019 12:34:22 PM IST

 Honourable solution only way forward: Tuccu 

Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim (GPRN) Yaruiwo, Q. Tuccu has asserted that an honourable political settlement between Government of India (GoI) and NSCN/GPRN was the only way forward towards lasting peace in the region.
Tuccu, who is also the chairman of National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN), was addressing the 73rd Naga Independence Day Wednesday at Council Headquarters (CHQ) Hebron.
In his presidential address, Tuccu said the Government of India and NSCN must exercise their best political wisdom and resource to emergence from the impasse over some of the core issues.
The Yaruiwo admitted that the challenges were great, however, expressed optimism that no problem was too big to solve through mutual respect. “An honourable political settlement of the two entities is the only way forward towards lasting peace in the region,” added Tuccu.
Terming the 16-Point Agreement and the Shillong Accord of 1975 as “no solution at all” and “historical blunders” which led to further confrontations, the Yaruiwo warned of a “great tragedy” if the same were to be repeated.
Recalling late Isak Chishi Swu’s call for reconciliation –“We have forgiven the past mistakes of our brothers and let them also forgive our past mistakes and reconcile in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” – Tuccu also called upon every section of “Naga brothers and sisters in different camps” to come onboard for the final solution. He said that every issue with the neighbours must be resolved through respecting each other’s history.
Tuccu said Nagas were fully convinced by the national decision of their forefathers to declare Naga national Independence on August 14, 1947 and that Nagas shall not accept any divisive forces who were trying to deviate and destroy the decision of the Naga people.
Earlier, the Yaruiwo also paid revolutionary salute to all those martyrs who had paid their “everything for the nation”.
Giving a highlight of the peace process, NSCN steering committee, convener, Rh. Raising said Government of India and NSCN were working on for a “final touch” after signing historic August 3, 2015 “Framework Agreement”.
Asserting that “Framework Agreement” was signed after facing many hurdles and difficulties in the talks, he expressed hope that the final solution could be worked out soon, provided Government of India did not go back on its commitment. 
Raising said the ongoing peace talks also focuses on the mechanism of inseparable harmonious interdependent relationship of the two entities and durable peace and progress in the land. 
Briefing the gathering on the “Framework Agreement”, NSCN steering committee, convener said the agreement was arrived at between the two entities on the basis of the unique history of the Nagas. 
He said the two entities would be inseparably bound together by the cord of the “Framework Agreement”. 
Delivering a short speech, Naga Mothers Association (NMA) president, Abei-ü Meru said the Naga mothers stand in solidarity with the dream of the Naga nation. Meru appealed to the Naga leaders and brothers to reconcile in true spirit of inclusiveness so as to bring lasting peace to the Nagas’ land for the sake of younger generation.
NMA president reminded that Nagas cannot afford another lifetime of disunity and allow the vested interested to divide the Nagas. “We are one, beyond borders and boundaries,” she said and appealed to Naga brothers not to shed more blood.
Naga Hoho vice president, H K Zhimomi also requested all factions to unite and reminded that “unless there is unity amongst the NPGs and people there can be no lasting solution”.
Representing Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF), Dimapur District GB Union (DDGBU) president, Khehovi Chophy urged the negotiating parties to hammer out a solution at the earliest.
Representatives of several Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), tribal bodies and Hohos from Naga inhabited areas in Nagaland, Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh also attended the Naga Independence Day celebration.
Solution could arrive at any given day: Kitovi
GPRN/NSCN ato kilonser and Working Committee (WC), NNPGs convener N Kitovi Zhimomi said that there was no major issues left between WC and Government of India and therefore could arrive at a solution at any given day.
Speaking at the 73rd Naga Independence Day celebration programme held at Khehoi designated camp, Kitovi maintained that political negotiations between Government of India and WC, NNPGs carries the essence and spirit of May 16, 1951 Naga plebiscite.
WC convenor, however, cautioned that in the final days of negotiations between government of India and Nagas, there may remain elements “who would brazenly attempt to belittle, instigate, initiate blame game, hatch deceitful policies to thwart the common aspiration.” 
He said it was time to prepare “ourselves and embrace a political settlement” where all Nagas could participate and redefine their destiny afresh as a people. “We must prepare our generations to face greater challenges in the future,” Kitovi asserted. 
Nagas are one and will be one: V. Metha 
FGN Kedahge ‘Gen. (Retd)’ Viyalie Metha affirmed that Nagas were one and would be one despite enemy occupying most of Naga territories through its mighty armed forces and dividing Nagas into east-west-north-south for over seventy years.
Speaking at the “73rd Nagaland Independence Day” celebration at Peace Camp, Chedema Wednesday, the Kedahge acknowledged those “National workers” who relentlessly stood and sacrificed in defence of Nagaland. “We remember and honour our leaders and soldiers who suffered, toiled and laid down their ultimate lives for our nation and for us for whom we are able to stand as a people and as a Nation and they shall be remembered all through the annals of Naga history,” Metha said. Stating that Nagaland declared its independence before India became an independent country, ‘Gen.(Retd)’ Metha said “We know our national right, we are not demanding anything from India and neither do we have anything to negotiate with India in the matter of Nagaland as an independent Nation.”
 Further, Kedahge asserted that the FGN upholds the policy of NNC (non-violence and peaceful co-existence) and also honours and upholds the international ceasefire agreement signed between the Government of India and FGN which was effective on September 6, 1964.
“Standing on our birthright and keeping faith in God and in His obedience, we shall surely achieve our goal. My God bless Nagaland”, he underlined.
Later, ‘Gen.(Retd)’ Metha  handed over awards and promotion letter to Naga army personnel.
NNC president Adinno Phizo also attended the programme. Earlier, FGN killo kilonser Shevohii Keyho delivered keynote address. 
Highlights of the celebration included folk songs and cultural dances from Chakhesang region, Shepoumaramth region, Kuki Tribal Union, Chang region, Zeliangrong region and Khiamniungan region followed with a choir presentation by Khedi Baptist Church. 
Rev. Tsolie Chase and Rev. Kiezoto Zhale gave opening and closing prayer respectively and vote of thanks was proposed by NNC spokesperson Kolezo Chase.
Naga history based on sacrifices, blood and tears: Wangtin
NSCN/GPRN (Reformation) president Y Wangtin Naga has said that the “history of Naga nation was based on the history of sacrifices, blood and tears.”
Addressing the “73rd Naga Independence Day’ celebration at Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) Office at Mon on August 14, 2019, Wangtin said it was also a history of oppression, suppression and subjugation from the hands of “neighbouring countries (India and Myanmar), who are militarily, politically, economically and resourcefully much more powerful than Nagas. However, he said that with God on their side, the Nagas bravely fought back with what little resources they had and has been defending their rights till date. “And the credit goes not only to the ‘Freedom Fighters’ but to every Naga Men and Women and Sympathisers, who contributed Financially, Physically and in Prayers for the Naga Cause,” he said.
On the occasion, NSCN (R) president also saluted Naga patriots and martyrs who laid down their lives for national cause. 
According to MIP, its president hoisted the ‘Naga National flag’ at 10:30 am in the midst of special invitees from civil society organisations (CSOs) which included Konyak Union (KU) Konyak Nyupoh Seko Khong (KNSK), Konyak Students Union (KSU) and Mon Town Students Union (MTSU). The flag hoisting was followed by military parade with the mass gathering singing the “Naga national anthem ‘God Bless my Nagaland’.”
Reverends invited to the programme said grace and also pronounced the invocation and the programme ended successfully with a mass benediction and thanksgiving.

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