DIMAPUR, SEP 19: Stating that the ‘September Summit’ that took place on
Saturday may be considered as the greatest news of the decade for the Nagas, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation today said it was indeed ‘a priceless gift to the Naga people from our highest level leaders’.
After more than two decades, top leaders of the Naga political groups led by Th Muivah, general secretary NSCN-IM, Brig (Retd) S Singnya, president FGN/NNC and Kitovi Zhimomi, Ato Kilonser GPRN/NSCN finally sat face to face across the table on Saturday in Dimapur.
Briefing media persons today, followed by a press communiqué, the Forum said it was touched by the sincerity of the Naga leaders and their down-to-earth leadership exhibited throughout the meeting proceedings. “This signals the beginning of a new era of bright hope for the Nagas. We applaud each of them,” it stated.
‘From despondency, the Journey of Common Hope is emerging with concrete hope towards the future’, the FNR communiqué stated.
Recalling that just last Sunday, Christians across Naga areas and Baptists in many parts of the world were praying for the Highest Level Meeting of the Naga leaders, it said that today, exactly a week after, ‘we are beginning to harvest the intercessions of God’s people’.
With this significant step taken, the FNR also dwelt on the bigger responsibilities that await the Forum and the Naga people. Merging of the Naga political groups, which is the anticipated culmination, is still in the process and the September Summit is just another step towards final reconciliation, FNR members said.
FNR convener Rev Dr Wati Aier pointed out that there is no blue print as such in the aspect of settling differences among the Naga political groups. However, he voiced hope that this will start unfolding naturally even as the leaders meet. “We expect to work out differences with the spirit of love starting from where they don’t disagree,” he said.
The top leaders of the Naga political groups, at the COR meet on Saturday, had committed that they are ‘reconciled’ based on the historical and political rights of the Nagas as outlined by the FNR in ‘Across the Board: Ipso Facto.’ Furthermore, they also committed towards cessation of all forms of hostilities.
On being asked whether any modalities have been worked on the incidents that continue to persist despite the pledge to shun violence, the FNR informed that a ‘peace-line’ has been connected between the three political groups of the JWG since a year back so that they can communicate among each other during such instances in order to diffuse the situation.
Stating that, in the coming days, the signatories of the COR will be engaged in working out differences, the FNR, once again, called upon all to render fullest support.
Also, it sought to assure ‘all Naga political groups that one without the other will be incomplete’ and that it stands by its words. ‘FNR would like to reiterate that all of us are part of the jig-saw-puzzle of the Naga nation and everyone has a role to play’, it stated.
Meanwhile, the FNR has expressed gratitude to the Naga Hoho, ENPO, NMA, NSF, NPMHR, UNC, NWUM, other tribal organizations, Shisha Hoho Prayer Centre, NBCC, CNBC, NCRC, Nagaland Catholic Churches Association and other Christian organisations in Naga areas, and other Christians through out the world.