The Parliamentary core committee headed by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in bringing solution to the vexed Naga political issue today held a meeting with the NSCN-IM group at Rhododendron Hall, Chumuokedima in Dimapur, a day after the core committee’s first successful meeting with NNPGs. Global Naga Forum Co-convenor Professor Rosemary Dzuvichu said that the closed-door meeting of the Core Committee with the NNPGs seems to have been positive and we are hopeful.
Co-convener of the Parliamentary core committee and leader of the opposition party, TR Zeliang informed the outcome of the crucial interaction, saying that it was a “smooth sailing” and that the group understood the points presented by the core committee as well as NSCN-IM’s contention.
The opposition leader said that the core committee’s expectation is that the two Naga negotiating groups, NNPGs and NSCN-IM will sit across the table along with the 60 Nagaland assembly members to arrive at a conclusion.
He further added the core committee requested the group to resume talks with Government of India and as well as the core committee will pursue on behalf of the two groups as facilitator, to arrive at a common ground and common approach for a conclusive solution.
As Nagaland heads for an opposition less all-party government, in connection with the Naga People’s Front (NPF) joining with the ruling the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) led by Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), TR Zeliang confirmed that his party NPF has agreed to the concept of an opposition-less government in Nagaland.
NSCN-IM was led by the group supremo Th. Muivah and president Q Tuccu. However no comments from the group was available after the meeting.
The first meeting of the Parliamentary Core Committee meeting on July 9, 2021 adopted five resolutions.
The Core Committee appealed the parties involved in the Indo-Naga Political dialogue to resume the Peace Talk with a positive approach of mutual respect for each other by setting aside pre-conditions in the greater interest of the people’s cry for long term peace and in order to move forward under a positive environment that is conducive to finding a political solution at the earliest time possible.
It appealed to all Naga Political Groups to make serious efforts towards unity and reconciliation. The constant antagonism against each other, especially in public space and Media is sending out wrong message to the masses considering the fact that we are all pursuing the same aspiration of peace and political solution. Taking the positive example set by the elected members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly, who have risen above Party affiliations to unite for the Naga Political Issue, the Naga Political Groups should make concerted efforts and listen to the voice of the people for unity and oneness.
The Core Committee while appreciating the constant role and contributions of the Churches, Civil Societies and NGOs towards facilitating peace and strengthening the peace process, appealed to the Civil Societies, mass based Organizations and Tribal Hohos to make renewed efforts towards creating a conducive atmosphere for early realization of a political solution by pursuing unity, reconciliation and oneness.
All Members of the Core Committee and the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue, including the two Members of Parliament, have come together under the same banner in line with the election manifestos of all Political Parties and commit to the same people that the elected members are prepared to pave the way as and when an inclusive, honorable and acceptable solution is arrived at.
The Core Committee on behalf of the Parliamentary Committee on Naga political issue appealed to the Naga negotiating groups to come together in order to hammer out their differences and create a common approach for One Solution and One Agreement.