FNR moots ‘confederal’
DIMAPUR, JAN 25 (AGENCIES):
Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) has suggested setting up of a “confederal form of government” among the Naga political groups to pursue the “common interest” of the Nagas as well as address the pressing needs of the hour.
“One of the fundamental truths of the Nagas today is the call for political reconciliation in pursuit of common interest based on the historical and political rights of the Nagas,” said FNR convenor Rev. Dr. Wati Aier in his address at the public meeting in Ukhrul on Saturday.
Rev. Dr. Wati said with the signing of ‘Covenant of Reconciliation’ and “rejection of any form of conditional package offered to Nagas by the Government of India,” it was logical that for common interest and actions of Nagas, a ‘confederation’ of some sorts was required.
He also said that the more Nagas want Naga political leaders to respond quickly and adequately to the needs of many different groups and localities, “the more decentralized and localized it has to be.”
“This means, more thought should be given to a confederal form of government,” he said.
The ‘Covenant of Reconciliation’ was signed jointly by NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu, GPRN/NSCN chairman S. S. Khaplang and FGN president ‘Brig’ (Retd) S Singnya in June 2009.
In the covenant, the leaders gave a solemn commitment to offer themselves to “Naga Reconciliation and forgiveness.”
The JWG of the signatories of the Covenant in a joint statement issued on September 28, 2008, also resolved to abide by the Covenant and rejected “any form of conditional package offered to Nagas by the Government of India.”
JWG reaffirmed the same resolution on December 8, 2009.