TPO, BOA reaffirm to uphold 2017 arbitration undertaking

DIMAPUR, FEB 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/2/2021 12:50:02 PM IST

Tenyimi Peoples’ Organisation (TPO) and the Board of Arbitrators (BOA), at a joint meeting, have unanimously reaffirmed to uphold the arbitration what was undertaken and signed by the Angami, Mao and Maram people in 2017 vis-à-vis the dispute in Kezoltsa/Kozürü/Kazing and some part of Dzükou Valley.

This was stated in a joint communiqué by BOA member secretary K Gwanilo Himb and TPO general secretary Vipopal Kintso . They said the meeting had unanimously reaffirmed to uphold the arbitration undertaking signed by the three parties with special emphasis on the agreed points that the land belonged to the people and not to any State or government. They have also agreed to resolve the dispute based on Naga customary laws and usages (Tenyimi) and would not approach any court and commit to abide by the decision of BOA and co-operate with TPO for strict implementation of the decision given by the Arbitral Tribunal.

Both agreed that all activities in the disputed area should be stopped and also decided to cut-off all vehicular roads leading to Kezoltsa/ Kozürü /Kazing at the points where it was cut prior to the fire that had razed the area early this year. To this effect, the House agreed to take action on or before February 8 with volunteers from the three communities.

The meeting further agreed that, as undertaken, hunting in the area should completely stop and people going about with guns should be viewed very seriously.

The members decided to hold the next meeting at Hotel Millennium in Kohima from February 9.

The communiqué stated that Tenyimi Peoples’ Organisation, in its effort to resolve the pending dispute in Kezoltsa/Kozürü/Kazing and some part of Dzükou Valley between the Angami, Mao and Maram people, had undertook a series of exercises from January 27, which included physical visit to the area, both manned and unmanned aerial surveys and marathon deliberations and communications. 



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