Assembly ‘recognises’ rebels’ sacrifices for Naga cause

Assembly ‘recognises’ rebels’ sacrifices for Naga cause

THE Nagaland Legislative Assembly has accorded “recognition” to the Naga underground leaders for having “selflessly worked, fought and sacrificed” for the aspirations and rights of the Naga people. This “recognition” came as a resolution in the Assembly on Friday even as talks between the government of India and the NSCN (IM) have yet to reach a conclusive stage.

The resolution, moved by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, was passed unanimously and said that those underground leaders who had “selflessly worked, fought and sacrificed for the aspirations and the right of the Nagas and those who continue to follow the tradition of selfless sacrifices for the common cause of the Nagas” deserved recognition.

The Assembly also reiterated its earlier stand on integration of all Naga-inhabited areas, an issue that also figures prominently on the NSCN agenda. “It is the desire of the Nagas to live together as one family and this House has rightly voiced the cry of the Naga people,” Rio said. The Nagaland Assembly has so far passed four resolutions ( in 1964, 1970, 1994 and 2003) in favour of integration of Naga areas.

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