Monday, October 3, 2022

Working Committee, NNPGs dismisses WSKH’s fear of factional clashes

Working Committee (WC) Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) stated that it has been disturbed by “unceremonious” media utterances by a group of Western Sumi GBs under the banner of Western Sumi Kukami Hoho (WSKH) which it said, destroyed the good image of Western Sumi customary institution so impeccably moulded and dispensed by predecessors with wisdom and understanding.
WC, NNPGs through its media cell cited what it termed as “recent irrational media” interviews and press statements that has shocked all Naga tribes who worked and trusted the judgements and decisions of earlier WSKH pioneers.
Drawing attention to former WSKH president Vihuto Yeputhomi’s fear of factional clashes and bloodbath, WC demanded to know which group and leader was preparing for such factional clashes.
WC also demanded to know why Naga public should fear the return of factional battles when all Naga tribes, the church and civil society groupshad worked so hard for reconciliation and unity among Naga political groups and when Nagas were inching closer to an acceptable and honourable Indo-Naga settlement?
WC said the former WSKH president and some of his colleagues had played a key role in Akato Chophy’s exit from NSCN (R) and also from NNPG fold as per their own admission and had also advised Chophy to form a new faction.
WC also wanted to know whether Vihuto had sought the approval of all Western Sümi villages and whether this was the desire of all Western Sumi GBs, the Sumi people and Naga tribes?.
WC mentioned that Chophy, former vice-president of NSCN (R), had also been an integral part of WC, NNPGs, and knew fully well the Agreed Position signed on November 17, 2017 that clearly defined the future relationship between the Centre and Nagas.
It noted that despite the peace talks entering critical stage that and with all Naga tribes, elected members, GBs, church and apex civil society bodies having understood the status of the talks, WC said Chophy had made two things clear – he was working hard to sabotage honourable po-litical settlement and that his personal ambition was important than the common good of Nagas and hence had employed men like Vihuto to talk about possible bloodshed in Nagaland.
WC therefore wanted to know against whom will they commit bloodbath?
WC maintained that as political negotiations with the Centre had concluded on October 31, 2019, all the seven Naga political groups, who were once sworn enemies, had come together because the voice of Naga people superseded factions and groups.
It said that after two years and more than 70 rounds of negotiations, the status paper had been handed over to Naga tribes and apex tribal bodies. WC said it was time for Nagas to create an atmosphere of peace and not conflict.
Dwelling on the past, WC recalled that it was formed following a meeting of leaders of different Naga armed groups in the spring of 2016, which was spearheaded by Naga tribes (NTC, ENPO, CNTC) NGBF, the church, peace mediators, intellectuals, legislators and senior citizens.
The WC,NNPGs reminded that two points were reaffirmed – i) factional clashes and killings among Nagas must not reoccur and ii) Naga tribes and Naga people were the main stakeholders in the Indo-Naga political issues, and Naga issue must be settled in consultation with the real stakeholders.
The Central government then began sending feelers and later officially invited WC, NNPGs to start the political negotiations, the release added.