NNPGs WC clears air on ongoing talks

DIMAPUR, JUL 21 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 11:47:43 PM IST
Reacting to various reports in the media, Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Saturday maintained the reports have been active on the Indo-Naga political talks even touching on subjects matters that did not conform to the “Agreed Position or Preamble to Negotiations signed on November 17, 2017 in New Delhi, between the Government of India and the Working Committee”.
 WC media cell of the NNPGs pointed out that from the day Government of India (GoI) invited them for political dialogue on September 21, 2017, their leaders chose not to indulge in relentless media campaign but rather walk the talk with the Naga people with honesty, commitment and transparency. However, WC said distorted and misinterpreted views have become rampant at such junctures. 
WC said under its banner and with GPRN/NSCN general secretary N Kitovi Zhimomi as convener and five co-conveners, all from different political groups-- Zhopra Vero (FGN), Y. Wangtin Naga (NSCN-R), Hozheto Chophy (NPGN/NNC), Kiumukam Yimchunger (NNC/GDRN), Toshi Walling (NNC-Parent Body) accompanied by other members, they were presently engaged in negotiations with the government of India , represented by its Interlocutor R.N. Ravi who is also the interlocutor with NSCN (I-M).
WC NNPGs, came into existence, leaving aside all ideological differences, at the behest of Naga tribal bodies, traditional village headmen (GBs), Naga churches and all civil societies in order to achieve a common objective of resolving the Indo-Naga political issue through political dialogue. 
The WC said it held 31 rounds of talks stretching over nine months with the government of India, as two entities and have made significant progress with clear understanding of the genesis of Naga problem in recognising the historical and political perspective of a people’s struggle, while equally taking contemporary political reality into consideration. 
Further WC reminded that the Naga problem dated back to pre-independent India and that the conflict outlived all post-Independent successive Indian governments which failed to understand the Naga issue. “It was, and is never a conflict to resolve a social or economic problem,” it asserted. 
WC said Nagas were forced to defend themselves when their “ history, identity, political right were suppressed and their ancestral land divided without consent first by the British”, left manipulated and isolated after their departure from the subcontinent and later “an independent India claiming ownership of Naga homeland and imposing its will upon the Nagas”. 
However WC said presently, the NNPGs believe that the government of India has come to understand the Naga problem under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For this reason, Nagas have high expectation that an honorable and acceptable political solution would be found, enabling Nagas to progress , develop and maintain their historical and political identity with sovereign rights over their culture, tradition, land and resources, entrenched through constitutional mechanism, ensuring a relationship that is enduring peaceful coexistence. 
WC has assured all sections of people that the Naga delegation and the Interlocutor, R.N. Ravi was fully committed towards resolving Indo-Naga political issue at the earliest.

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