Naga political groups meet to strengthen Lenten Agreement

Kolkata, May 3 : Top leadership of three Naga political groups, currently part of the Naga Reconciliation Process, took part in a five-day reconciliation meeting organized in Kolkata from April 29 to May 3, 2014 with the intent to “engage and explore creative ways to fulfill the Lenten Agreement.”

“In pursuit for the realization of the Lenten Agreement, the Forum for Naga Reconciliation facilitated a series of formal and informal meetings among the leaders of the signatory groups. On recognizing the necessity, the three Naga political groups agreed to have a close-door residential meeting among the top leadership,” the FNR stated in a press release today.

The top leadership of GPRN/NSCN Gen. Khole Konyak and N. Kitovi Zhimomi; NNC/FGN leaders Zhopra Vero, Vice President and Zaleo Sapu, Home Minister, “responding to this necessity” participated in the meeting. The FNR valued their presence with much appreciation.

However, it was informed that FGN President, Brig. S. Singnya was unable to attend the meeting due to ill-health.  Furthermore, the travel of NSCN/GPRN leaders Isak Chishi Swu and Th. Muivah to Kolkata was not cleared by the Government of India, and hence, they were unable to personally attend. In their absence, they were represented by General (Retd) VS Atem, Khevihe Chishi Swu and TT Among.

In the course of the 5-day meeting, the three Naga political groups expressed the “necessity of Naga reconciliation as a means to a shared future and extended their willingness to work for it till it is achieved,” the FNR informed.

As part of the confidence building measures the representatives identified positive and negative aspects of the process and specified key steps on how the Naga reconciliation can be further reinforced. “They explored together the values of Truth, Mercy, Peace and Justice and emphasized on how they were vital to the journey of Naga reconciliation,” noted the FNR.

The representatives, through a process of envisioning, shared their vision for the Naga people and expressed desire to engage in more confidence building measures as a way of “trashing out difficult issues in the interest of the shared Naga future.”

While appreciating the Government of India for their cooperation to Naga Reconciliation, the FNR remained “concerned by this recent attitude, thereby raising questions of doubt and insincerity.”

The Forum for Naga Reconciliation further informed that the Naga Reconciliation Process is in the interest of the common good of all concerned. It stated that “For too long the internal division of the Nagas has been projected as one of the causes for the protracted conflict.” Hence, in this time of peace, where Naga political groups are “reconciling and seeking ways to find unity in purpose,” the FNR urged “Nagas, our neighbours and the Government of India to have more understanding and extend even moral support to the process. The realization of Naga reconciliation is in the mutual interest of all those who desire justice, peace and reconciliation in the region.”

 

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