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Positive Signs In Reconciliation Drive

DIMAPUR, Apr 3: There has been encouraging development with regards to the ongoing Naga reconciliation process which had witnessed a roller coaster ride in recent time.

The NSCN-K has expressed its commitment of holding the “highest level meeting” of the Naga underground leaders. Meeting of topmost leaders of the three Naga underground organizations has been termed as the ‘highest level meeting.”

Last month when NSCN-IM leaders Th Muivah and Isak Chisi Swu had arrived in Dimapur for the ‘highest level meeting’, the NSCN-K had said its leaders SS Khaplang would not take part in the event while accusing the NSCN-IM of violating the reconciliation covenant signed by the three Naga underground bodies.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), the forum that is instrumental in halting the three Naga underground groups from fighting, said its members had met the leaders of GPRN/NSCN or NSCN-K yesterday.

“In the journey towards realization of the “highest level meeting” between the signatories of the “covenant of reconciliation”, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation met with the Ato Kilonser (prime minister) of the GPRN/NSCN (NSCN-K), Mr. N. Kitovi Zhimomi and the Commander-in-Chief General Khole at Camp Khehoyi on April 2, in the presence of the Convenor, National Political Advisory Committee (NPAC), Kilo Kilonser, members of the Joint Working Group ( JWG ) and other senior members of the political group.

While the FNR updated the process of the Naga reconciliation and the impressed upon the meeting to have the meeting of the highest level leaders at the earliest possible time, N Kitovi re-assured that the NSCN-K is fully committed to the reconciliation process and that they had done everything to bring the President, Mr. S.S. Khaplang for the proposed meeting, the FNR said today. However the sudden disturbing developments in the eastern Naga areas created an aggressive and un- favorable situation which prevented their President from undertaking the journey to participate in the pro- posed meeting.

He assured that the highest level meeting would be possible when situation becomes more conducive. He added that they would always be committed to work for peace, the FNR statement added.

The FNR said General Khole recounted some of the major events of the past which caused divisions in the ranks and files of the Naga National political movement. He said that it is important to know what happened in the past in order to set the “wrongs” into “right”.

He recollected some of his “sharing” with his earlier comrades particularly with Mr. Isak Chishi Swu and Mr. Th. Muivah, the Chairman and General Secretary of the NSCN/GPRN. Expressing his deep appreciation to the works the FNR have undertaken so far, Gen. Khole encouraged FNR to take the reconciliation process forward. He affirmed that he was fully committed and supportive to the reconciliation process and that everything would be possible only when Nagas are united as one, the FNR said.

“Acknowledging that there were so many difficulties, the FNR appreciated all the signatories of the CoR for their courage and abilities to overcome many of the seemingly impossible hurdles,” the FNR added.

(Courtesy: Newmai News Network/Sangai Express)

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