Rio clears air over integration comments

DIMAPUR, JUL 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/4/2018 11:57:29 PM IST
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has once again clarified that he had merely relayed the issues deliberated during his meeting with Union Home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on June 12 to the media and that those were not his personal views.
In a communiqué issued on Wednesday, Rio claimed that upon being asked about the issue of integration by the media, he had only replied as to what was told to the delegation led by him during the meeting by Singh. 
Pointing out that negotiations were on for the last 21 years and that it was the desire of the Naga people that an early solution should come, the chief minister claimed to have clearly mentioned during the meeting that the demand for integration of contiguous Naga inhabited areas was genuine. And the Government of India too recognised the genuineness of the demand, he added.
Rio said that he had clearly mentioned that this was the point of discussion, which proved that the issue was discussed in the meeting. 
Stating that those were neither his personal views nor that of NDPP or PDA government, the chief minister pointed out that his office had already clarified the matter on June 14, while NDPP clarified on June 15.
According to him, the PDA government’s declared policy was to play the role of an active facilitator to the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process and that it would continue to extend its support and cooperation for an early resolution to the decades-old imbroglio through a political agreement that was honourable and acceptable to the people. 
He asserted, “My track record vis-à-vis the Naga political movement over the decades speaks volumes and as for me and my government, we have never deviated from our stand on the Naga peace process and the issue of integration. We stand committed to the genuine aspirations of the Nagas.”
He said, however, if anyone had misunderstood the matter due to its misinterpretation in a section of the media, then he regretted it. He hoped that with this statement, truth would prevail and the matter would be put to rest.
Rio also appealed to all sections of the society to continue to make collective efforts to bring the Naga family together under a spirit of oneness and unity for the greater cause of achieving lasting peace for “our people”.

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