ANSAM appeals to Mao Council and Southern Angami Public Organisation to peacefully resolve conflict

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Senapati: The All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) has appealed today to the Mao Council (MC) and the Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) to “resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner taking into consideration the crucial situation the Naga nation is facing today.”

The ANSAM statement came following the report that the SAPO would “ban the Mao people from entering the Southern Angami area with effect from December 15, 2022” on the issue of land dispute. This statement was jointly issued by newly elected ANSAM president Luikang Bruce and newly elected general secretary  Angteshang Mating.

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The ANSAM statement reminded the Mao Council and the Southern Angami Public Organization to exercise restraint until its peaceful resolution to prevent any untoward incidents within the “Naga family.” The ANSAM also appealed to the Southern Angami Public Organization to reconsider and revoke its resolution “to ban the Mao citizens from entering the Southern Angami area with effect from December 15, 2022 considering the Christmas season since December is a home coming season for students studying in different parts of the world to meet one’s near and dear ones.”

The statement then said that, while the Nagas are praying for a logical conclusion of the Indo-Naga peace talk with due recognition of ‘Naga Flag and Constitution’ and integration as ‘inalienable rights’ of the Naga people at this crucial time, the All Naga Students’ Association Manipur, the ANSAM is disconsolate to come across a dispute over traditional land ownership between the Mao Council and the Southern Angami Public Organization.

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“Considering the impending socio-political upheavals of the Nagas and concerning the common goal to bring cohesion, socio-cultural harmony and peaceful co-existance within the Nagas as a family under the roof of one umbrella,” the ANSAM further appealed the Mao Council and the Southern Angami Public Organization to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner taking into consideration the crucial situation the Nation is facing today. “We also appeal to both the communities to recourse to traditional mechanisms for dispute resolution in a peaceful manner between the two brothers,” it also stated, while adding, “As followers of Jesus Christ, the Prince of peace, let us all be reminded of our duty as Christians during this Christmas season to be agents of peace and goodwill to all men.”

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