Organizations welcome breakthrough in Naga peace talks

DIMAPUR, NOV 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/1/2019 12:35:19 PM IST

Various organisations, including political parties and civil society groups, have welcomed the breakthrough achieved in the Naga peace process between Government of India (GoI) and NSCN (I-M) on Thursday over the contentious issues of separate Naga flag and constitution.

NSCN (I-M): On behalf of NSCN (I-M), chief negotiator Th Muivah along with his delegate members have extended their profound gratitude and appreciation to every individual, church, forum, convention, association, national worker, prayer centre, civil society, etc, across Nagalim and beyond for their unceasing prayers. They know for sure that God had answered their prayers and they were now able to take positive steps towards final solution, the organisation’s leadership added. NSCN (I-M) negotiating team earnestly appealed to everyone to continue upholding both the negotiating parties in their prayers so that the 22 years of lndo-Naga peace talks was gracefully concluded before long. The team also expressed its sincere thanks to Nagaland Joint Christian Forum and Nagaland Baptist Church Council for rising up to the occasion with their steering role.
CNC: Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC) has given all glory and honour to Almighty God for enabling GoI and NSCN (I-M) to arrive at a positive understanding to continue the peace talks for final solution.
The council also expressed its profound gratitude and appreciation to all churches at home and abroad, prayer groups, organisations, well wishers, families and individuals who had been ceaselessly fasting and praying for the positive outcome and progress of the Naga peace process. Quoting James 5:16 “The effective, fervent prayers of a righteous man avail much”, CNC attributed the breakthrough in the talks to their prayers. It further appealed to everyone to kindly continue praying for both the negotiating parties till the final solution was arrived at. The council called for continuing to pray, especially for peace, unity and reconciliation among Naga brethren, so that together “we can build our nation for Christ”. This was stated in a press release by its general secretary Ikato Chishi Swu.
PAC: Public Action Committee (PAC), Naga Council Dimapur has expressed its sincere appreciation to GoI and eight 8 Naga political groups (NPGs) for coming to a consensus for a political settlement. And now that a resolution for the settlement had been arrived at, the committee said the public should be free from all kinds of taxations. 
Pointing out that the citizens of Dimapur in particular and Nagaland in general had long suffered immeasurably due to the unabated and multiple taxations, PAC urged NPG leaders to order their rank and file to immediately stop collection of taxes by respecting wishes of the people. It also requested law enforcing authorities to remain ever vigilant and take timely action with stringent measures to maintain peace and tranquillity. 
PAC would continue to be the watchdog for public so that “our future generation” would not be chained under the shackles of illegal taxations, a statement issued by its convener Vekhosayi Nyekha and co-convener Ghokheto Chophy declared.
NH: Naga Hoho (NH) has congratulated both Centre’s interlocutor RN Ravi and NSCN (I-M) leadership for arriving at a mutual understanding. NH said it was elated at having learnt that the differences had been hammered out and the talks culminated in a peaceful atmosphere with mutual understanding from all the parties, which had been the desire of Naga people. 
Also congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah for showing the resoluteness to solve the Indo-Naga political issue, the hoho hoped that the dream and desire of Naga people for permanent peace and tranquillity in their homeland would soon become a reality by paving a way forward for the future.
 It also appreciated all civil society groups, mass-based organisations, the church and Naga people for their constant support and prayers. While appreciating and welcoming the conclusion of formal talks, NH urged GoI to adhere to the agreed terms and principle while finalising and signing the Indo-Naga political agreement and implement the commitments made therein in letter and spirit.
“As we are entering into a new era of political development, greater responsibilities have to be shouldered by every stakeholders towards bringing unity and reconciliation which is the sincere desire of all Naga people and, therefore, all Naga political groups, particularly NSCN/GPRN and seven NNPGs, must come together to ensure peaceful transition and a vibrant Naga society with progress, peace and development in the Naga Homeland,” NH emphasised.
The organisation further appealed to all Naga people, tribe hohos and civil society groups to come together by leaving aside past differences and take up responsibilities. Let all unite and be vigilant with patience until such time the final agreement was signed, it called.
This was stated in a press release by NH president HK Zhimomi and general secretary K Elu Ndang. 
NPGN/NNC (N/A): NPGN/NNC (N/A) president T Ovung has welcomed the agreement between GoI and NSCN (I-M) for a solution, which was acceptable to both.
He expressed his gratitude to GoI under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Modi and ato kilonser Th Muivah of NSCN (I-M) for concluding the peace talks for Naga solution successfully, which he believed would be honourable and acceptable to all Nagas. He also requested the authority concerned to think seriously and include all groups in the solution to avoid misunderstanding and controversy among the Nagas which might destroy the society.
JD (U): Janata Dal (United) Nagaland unit has conveyed its appreciation to GoI and NSCN (I-M) for coming to an understanding on the contentious issues of a separate Naga flag and constitution as a prelude to peaceful settlement of the Indo-Naga political problem. 
In a communiqué, the party stated that it felt that whatever be the competencies that would be taken into consideration as basis for an agreement between GOI and (NSNC-IM) as well as the NNPGs, it should usher in peace and tranquillity in all Naga-inhabited areas. The contents of the agreement must be able to translate and fulfil the dreams of younger generation of Nagas who had for long wished for progress in a corruption-free atmosphere, it emphasised.
“A place where people are drunk with the principles of just and fairness in dealing with all aspects of life. A society that is dependent on honesty and sincerity. A society that is governed by moralistic ethics and with God-fearing functionaries,” the communiqué added.
JD (U) said it would support all initiatives for good governance and work cohesively for overall development of Nagaland and get it rid from crime, corruption and communalism.
NGBF: Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF) has expressed its profound joy and satisfaction over GoI and NSCN (I-M) reaching an agreement over separate flag and constitution. 
According to a statement issued by federation’s president Shahlem Konyak, general secretary Shikuto Zalipu and media secretary Akhu Naga, the Naga groups had created a historic moment not only for the Nagas but the whole nation. It was indeed a great event in the history of Nagas’ struggle for self-determination.
NGBF also wholeheartedly thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for all the concern and efforts he had initiated in bringing Nagas to peace talks and for the desire he had shown to see Naga people develop and progress.   
The federation also thanked governor and Centre’s interlocutor RN Ravi for all the efforts he had taken. His honest determination and conviction to solve the Naga issue and for all the pain he had gone through in the process of negotiations, NGBF said it would like to salute him with deep gratitude and appreciation.
It added that as an elderly organisation it blessed him for a long life and prosperity.
Congratulating all negotiating parties (seven NNPGs headed by Kitovi Zhimomi and NSCN (I-M) headed by Th. Muivah), NGBF further expressed its profound gratitude to them for all their sacrifices. 
“May God continue to guide you all as we step towards our God-given destiny, the statement added.
NPC: Nagaland Peace Centre (NPC) has expressed its gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi under whose initiation and concern for Naga people finally led to “a positive outcome”.
In a statement NPC chairman Pedi Miachieo also thanked RN Ravi for coordinating the peace talks between GoI and NSCN(I-M) and achieving a breakthrough to the decades-long crises, besides NSCN (I-M) led by Th Muivah for sacrifices and reasonable decisions taken for the welfare and interest of Nagaland in the recent talks.
Urging both the negotiating teams and various stakeholders to be involved in the upcoming talks and to continue working on the aspirations and desires of the masses to live in peace, NPC prayed that Almighty God might grant them wisdom as they worked for the final peace settlement.
The centre said it believed that it was only through peace that progress and development could take place.
RNYO: Rongmei Naga Youth Organisation (RNYO) expressed its profound gratitude to Naga national workers for standing firm in the interest of Naga people amid hardships, disappointment and irresponsible actions of fellow Naga brethren.
In a statement by its president Kanpatlung Pamei, the organisation announced extending full support and cooperation to NSCN (I-M) for standing firm till the last drop of Naga blood to revive sovereignty for Naga people and nation, and prayed that there was nothing that God could not do. 
The apex body of Rongmei youth asserted that the Nagas were living as free people in their land since time immemorial. It said forceful intrusion of British East India Company since the 19th century and India’s aggressive military rule over the Nagas in their homeland in the middle of 20th century had led to loss of thousand lives, rapes, tortures, imprisonment, forced labours, heavy taxes, spoilt unity by divisive policies and hampered economic developmental. 
Stating that such acts of cruelty by alien rulers over the Nagas was a crime against humanity, in the eye of law and the greatest sin before God, RNYO called for completely wiping out such forces from “our land once and for all”.
The statement pointed out that Nagas had put up resistance to live as free people from day one of the foreign intrusion and had never surrendered till today. Though the system of defiance might have changed, including leadership, from time to time, their stand for Naga sovereignty as promised by God remained the same, it added.
The organisation also condemned those Naga leaders who were ready to sell Nagas’ land and people for their personal benefits.  

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