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NSCN-IM Seeks Global Advice

IMPHAL, May 26: Noting that the right time has come again to receive counsel and advice from internationally renowned experts in the field of human rights, conflict resolutions, constitutional and legal matters, peace negotiations etc, the NSCN invited committed professionals to facilitate and enlighten the Nagas in initiating / developing principles that will help resolve the political conflict between the Government of India and the NSCN.

The consultative meeting with the advisers that began on May 21 continued till the May 25.

Lt. Gen (Rtd.) VS Atem who moderated the welcome meeting stated that the NSCN had left no stone unturned to find peaceful solution to the Indo-Naga conflict and that they were still committed towards that end.

The NSCN Chairman, Isak Chishi Swu noted that the completion of 13 years negotiation indicated the seriousness of both the organization and the Naga people in the process of the political negotiation with the GoI.

Th Muivah, General Secretary of the NSCN stated that the Nagas were extremely fortunate to have all the committed and gifted international experts who had made themselves available to help in the peace process.

He stated that there can be no mistakes, both for the GoI and the Nagas, hence, the advice and suggestion of the experts through consultation had become indispensable.

Muivah also pointed out that, for the GoI and the NSCN, an ample space exists to explore each other’s position and the Nagas are committed to successfully negotiate a pragmatic political solution through a special type of relationship that will be acceptable to both.

The NSCN (IM) leader told the facilitators and the experts that he and the members of his organization were greatly enlightened by their balanced counsel and that the Nagas will continue to count on them for the political peace process that will facilitate both the negotiating parties.

A press release issued by the outfit’s MIP said that the Indo-Naga political dialogue will be completing its 14th year and the initiatives to find lasting peace through an honorable negotiated political settlement that is acceptable to both is still on top of the agenda to both the entities in the political negotiation.

Solution through mutual respect for each other’s rights is unquestionable and the only right approach. The assurance of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for a solution “outside the box” indicated a great amount of seriousness.  The recognition of the unique history and situation of the Nagas was basically one of the most realistic steps towards seeking a realistic political solution.

The facilitators and experts also appreciated that both the GoI and the NSCN were dedicated towards arriving at an honorable political settlement. They also believed that the environment conducive for peace was not very far away.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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