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Naga solution vital for regional peace: Rio

Naga solution vital for regional peace: Rio
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio speaks during the conference at Nagaland Police Complex, Chumoukedima Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 6 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/6/2019 10:29:34 AM IST

Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, has asserted that a political solution to the decades old Naga political issue was imperative for sustainable peace and progress to the northeast region of the country.

Rio was speaking at the valedictory session of the two-day 26th conference of Director Generals of Police (DGsP)/ Inspector-Generals of Police (IGsP) and heads of Central Police Organisations (CPOs) of North Eastern states hosted by Nagaland Police Friday at Rhododendron Hall, Nagaland Police Complex, Chumoukedima.

“A political solution to the Naga political imbroglio will surely bring stability to the entire region,” said Rio.

The chief minister asserted that a political solution to Naga issue would also change the dynamics of security and progress of the region as the Naga movement was considered to be “the mother of all insurgencies” in the entire region.

Rio was hopeful that a solution between government of India and Naga Political Groups (NPGs) would work out at the earliest and usher in a new era of “genuine peace”, all round progress, inclusive development and economic growth in northeast region.

On security of northeast region, Rio said security related issues of the north eastern region have inter-state, national and international ramifications as the region shared international boundaries with five countries. 

In this backdrop, Rio said it was imperative to understand the importance of the overall scenario without undermining the sensitivities and emotions of the populace.

“In a democratic country like ours, we need to appreciate the ethnic, linguistic and religious diversities that lie within the rich yet fragile region,” said Rio. 

With decline in insurgency related violence, Rio said the security situation in the northeast region has shown significant improvement in the recent years due to combined effort of security forces and government’s policies.

He said some states were now “completely free” from insurgency related violence while insurgency activities have been largely contained in other states.

In regard to Nagaland, the chief minister said most of the Naga national organisations were in cease-fire and that there has been relative cessation of hostilities except for some stray incidents from time to time.

Rio lauded the Conference for their efforts in maintaining peace and security in the region. He said the forum was gradually evolving as an important platform for regional coordination and contributing towards better understanding and cooperation among the state police, central armed police forces and other central police organisations deployed in the region.

The chief minister also highlighted some areas of concerns and challenges faced by police and security agencies such as terrorism, cyber crime, financial frauds and organised crime using modern technology.

Asserting that these situations have created invincible enemies and that these new challenges required new strategies, Rio highlighted the need to relook at the mode of training and curriculum so that law enforcing agencies were in tune with the constantly changing dynamics.

The chief minister also underscored the need to evolve policies to address serious issues like police transparency, poor infrastructure, corruption, meritorious recruitment at all levels, abuse of power and position, obsolete weaponry and enhancement of intelligence gathering with the use of technology.

Rio said it was time for police to introspect and undertake measures to correct the system in the greater interest of the nation and to win the trust of the citizens.

“We must understand our enormous potentials, overcome out shortcomings and emerge as a key player in the new environment of the global economy”, said Rio.

Earlier, welcome addresses were delivered by additional director IB, A K Mishra and DPG Nagaland, T. John Longkumer and vote of thanks by joint director SIB Kohima, Arvind Kumar. The chief minister was accompanied by minister for health and family welfare, S Pangnyu Phom and minister for urban development & municipal affairs minister, Metsubo Jamir.

The two-day conference concluded with drill/weapons handling display by 15 NAP (IR) Mahila Battalion and demonstration by STF, Nagaland Police.

 

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