Reaffirming the June 13, 2009 ‘Covenant of Reconciliation’, NSCN (I-M) and the Working Committee of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) have renewed “to work together in the spirit of love,” and desist from all forms of armed violence and refrain from indulging in violence of words through print and social media among Naga Political Groups and the general public.
Both groups on Wednesday jointly signed the reaffirmation in the interest of pursuing genuine understanding among the Nagas and incrementally progressing forward.
The September 14 three-point resolution titled: ‘September Joint Accordant’ was jointly signed by NSCN (I-M) member collective leadership ‘gen.’ (Retd) VS Atem and WC/NNPGs co-ordinator Alezo Venuh at a meeting held at Sovima on Wednesday, in the presence of Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) led by Rev. Wati Aier.
The joint statement further reaffirmed that both groups “were committed to a dialogue in order to move forward, live in peace and overcome the cynicism, anxiety, and disagreements that have caused us to see each other as foes and strangers, rather than members of the same family.
“We solemnly affirm the offer of togetherness from God in Christ. This is the Naga belonging renewed and restored with God and with each other,” it added.
3-point ‘September Joint Accordant’
I. The ‘Covenant of Reconciliation” (CoR) of June 13, 2009-signed by the late Isak Chishi Swu, late SS Khaplang, and Brig (Retired) S. Singnya-will be honored in letter and in spirit. Hence, we renew “to work together in the spirit of love,” and desist from all forms of armed violence and refrain from indulging in violence of words through print and social media among Naga Political Groups and the general public. From this time forth, in order to chart a path forward, we remain committed to “peace and respect and to resolve outstanding issues among us” (CoR).
II. We are aware of our differences and hence will guard ourselves against rifts that further divide us. We are committed to finding ways to transcend our differences through cooperation, to be worked out in future meetings, on the basis of the COR. In this regard, we understand that cooperation which is socially and politically imaginative and prudently concrete is nation building begun.
III. We urgently appeal to all individuals and organizations to refrain from all forms of rhetoric, assumptions and agendas that are divisive. Such a culture must end immediately. In this regard, churches, educational institutions, civil society organizations and conscientious individuals must take the charge to lead with faithful discernment.