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Muivah Hopes For Solution Soon

KOHIMA, March 21: The National Socialist Council of Nagalim (I-M) today said solution to the decades-old Naga political problem was not far away, as the Centre had recognized the uniqueness of the Naga people’s history.

Addressing a mammoth gathering at the council’s headquarters — Camp Hebron — some 30km from Dimapur on the occasion of republic day of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagalim today, general secretary and chief negotiator of the NSCN (I-M), Thuingaleng Muivah, said New Delhi has already recognized the uniqueness of the Naga people’s history and therefore, solution to the over 60-year-old Naga problem was not far.

“The NSCN respects India and, therefore, the government of India should also respect Naga people,” Muivah said. He urged the people not to always think against the government of India but sometimes even appreciate them.

Muivah slammed the Khaplang group for backtracking from the agreement (Covenant of Reconciliation) signed in 2009. He accused the group of misleading the people even after NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu and he had come to Nagaland to attend the high-level meeting initiated by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation and supported by dozens of Naga and foreign organizations.

Accusing the rival group of being a stumbling block in the reconciliation process, Swu said the Naga nation could not be destroyed by anyone and asserted that the NSCN (I-M) would never betray the people and would continue to uphold their rights and aspirations.

Without pointing fingers at anyone, Swu said the Naga nation could not be divided to please the enemies of Naga solidarity.

Both the NSCN (I-M) leaders have been accusing rival groups of working against the wishes of the Naga people.

He said the reconciliation process could not disintegrate Nagalim (Nagaland) further. “We should never forget that Nagalim was artificially divided and sub-divided into smaller pieces by our adversaries,” he said.

He also called for preservation of Naga culture and traditions, which have kept Nagas together for ages. He also called upon the people to look forward to a new Nagalim with one mind and one voice.

Several Naga leaders from different organizations, tribal hohos and churches, attended the program.

Various Naga tribes and organizations presented a cultural show on the occasion, which also included a drill by the “Naga army”.

(Courtesy: Telegraph India)

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