Naga groups get closer: Hotline in

The ongoing reconciliatory efforts being exerted to bring the Naga armed groups into reconciliation, received an encouraging thrust today with the NSCN/GPRN, NNC/FGN and GPRN/NSCN agreeing to establish a direct link, a hotline to each other. Also designated as a “Peaceline,” this communication mechanism – implied to be either a direct phone connection or a communication cell – was agreed by the groups January 15, in Dimapur. The Joint Working Group comprising of the NSCN/GPRN, NNC/FGN and GPRN/NSCN met at an undisclosed church in Dimapur today, morning and pledged – among others – to stick to the resolve to cease all forms of offensive activities “in toto.”
The hotline would enable the groups to communicate directly with one another when conflicts arise and in doing so, avert the situation from snowballing into something altogether different. The agreed communication link is perceived to be an encouraging “step forward” to bringing the Naga groups’ interaction to a closer level.
Convener for Forum for Naga Reconciliation Rev. Dr. Wati Aier explained that the “Peaceline” was necessitated as a means to averting ‘misunderstanding’ from potential conflict situations between the groups. Contacted tonight, the convener of the platform spearheading the Naga reconciliation process explained that the hotline for the groups would serve as a direct communication line ‘in case issues come up.’
He pointed to the possibility of conflict situations coming up in different areas and as a consequence, the breakdown of well-informed interaction. This would mean situations could turn sensitive and birth accusations, counter-justifications and confusion between the armed groups, Dr. Aier explained.
“This (communication mechanism) is a step forward,” the church leader said. Related to this matter, the Joint Working Group of the NSCN/GPRN, FGN and the GPRN/NSCN issued a joint statement today listing three points decided upon in today’s meeting. The statement was jointly appended by VS Atem of the NSCN/GPRN, Tokugha Zhimo of the FGN and Alezo of the GPRN/NSCN.
The statement highlighted two affirmations: The JWG acknowledges that the use of non-Naga armed groups against fellow Nagas is detrimental to the reconciliation process. The Naga groups have reassured their “resolve” to refrain from any such “intentions” from all Naga areas and wherever Nagas are.
Secondly, “In order to effectively maintain and implement our common agreement and understanding in the true spirit of reconciliation a ‘Peace-line’ will be established and maintained henceforth amongst the JWG for addressing any issues of concern directly.”
Acknowledging that the process of reconciliation is a dynamic process, the JWG said “we continue the journey of common hope, from our accustomed ways and habits in order to learn hope.”
“We want to set out and overrun the boundaries that we may infect life with hope,” it stated. The JWG makes this commitment: “We commit to let nothing which serves our common future be brought to defeat. We want to find patience with one another, and give us the courage to practice daily the art of hoping in patience. For this is our strength and power.”

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