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NH terms Manipur CM statement ‘nonsensical’

DIMAPUR, JUL 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/19/2018 12:03:49 AM IST
Naga Hoho (NH) has termed the recent purported warning by Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh of taking extreme steps if Naga deal hurt Manipur’s interest as “nonsensical”, even as it appealed to both the chief minister and Meiteis to exercise restraint while dealing with the sensitive issue.
In a statement, NH president P Chuba Ozukum and assembly secretary K Elu Ndang remarked that they had refrained from reacting to various interviews and press statements of different civil society organisations of Manipur against the ongoing Naga peace process as they believed in brotherhood. However, they said they were perturbed to read the statement of Singh published in the media. 
NH pointed out that the hoho had time and again clarified that Nagas would never grab anyone’s land, but cautioned that they would never compromise with or allow any force on earth either to take away “what is ours”. NH recalled that it was taken into cognisance and agreed by both the Centre and Naga people that violence and armed struggle had no place in today’s global context and therefore the ceasefire was agreed upon and Framework Agreement signed between both the parties to peacefully resolve the Naga political issue. 
NH said it firmly believed that the settlement would definitely usher in peaceful atmosphere in the entire North Eastern region and help develop the region on a par with rest of the world. It was now left to the wisdom of Indian leadership and Naga political negotiators to decide what was best for both and the future of the Nagas, the statement added.
Against this backdrop, NH appealed to Metei brothers and sisters to understand and not to hurt the sentiments of Nagas and their political rights as both the communities would remain neighbours forever, adding that the Nagas were willing and open to maintain cordial relationship for all generations to come.
Reminding both New Delhi and BJP leaderships that the Nagas wanted to have political solution before the Assembly election, the hoho regretted that the polls were nonetheless held against the wishes of the people in February this year. Admitting that there would be various obstacles and hiccups before a final solution to the vexed Naga political issue was arrived at, the apex tribal however urged the Centre not to shy away from its agreed principle to take up the issue urgently during the ensuing Monsoon Session of Parliament. 
It also urged Centre to make use of the opportune time and come to a logical conclusion at the earliest to the protracted Naga issue.

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