KOHIMA: Kohima town MLA Nicky Kire on Saturday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a recent meeting with Naga legislators, had said he wanted all parties in the state, including NGOs and the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), to find a solution to the Naga political issue.
Talking to the media on the sidelines of his visit to ‘D’ Block landslide areas of Kohima town in the afternoon, Kire said all 60 legislators of present the assembly met the Prime Minister and Union minister for home Affairs and apprised them of the aspirations and feelings of Naga people for an early settlement.
At present, the Naga rebel groups are under ceasefire with the Centre and engaged in a political dialogue.
As decided at the Joint Legislator Forum (JLF) of Nagaland Assembly, he said chief minister Neiphiu Rio, during the meeting, told the Union ministers about the history of the Nagas, their culture, tradition and the aspirations for an early settlement of the Naga political issue.
He added that all 60 MLAs of Nagaland, cutting across party lines, met the Prime Minister and Union ministers and told them that they are ready to resign from the assembly, if a solution comes out. He said it is now up to the Centre what it is going to offer to the people of Nagaland.
Kire, who was in London to attend the Olympics, added that sportspersons of Nagaland are not well-equipped with modern sports items. He said in advanced countries, adequate training is provided since childhood and also supply the required sports items.
He said it may take another 100 years to reach the level of advanced countries like China, Germany, UK and America. However, the Centre and the state government are trying their best to prepare their players to compete in the international arena.