Significant progress achieved on Reconciliation: FNR

Dimapur, December 9 (MExN): The Forum for Naga Reconciliation  has stated that “significant progress have been achieved with Naga Reconciliation” and that the recent Chiang Mai VII meet, November 30 to December 3, 2009, was further strengthened and affirmed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in his letter to the Forum For Naga Reconciliation, dated December 1, 2009, from his office in Cape town, South  Africa.
The forum in a statement released to the media also recalled that on May 11, 2008 another letter to the Nagas, this time by Nobel Peace Laureate  former US President Jimmy Carter, had urged the Nagas “to be faithful to the Lord in seeking to be reconciled with each other”. The forum also quoted Carter as stating that he supported “peace for the Naga people and a mutually agreed peaceful settlement of the conflict between the Nagas and the government of India”. Carter in his letter had stated that a “peaceful negotiated process is the only way forward.”
According to the forum, in another letter of support, Dr. Neville Callam, General Secretary of  Baptist World Alliance (BWA) wrote to the Naga leaders gathered in Chiang Mai, dated November 18, 2009. On behalf of the Baptist World alliance, the general secretary encouraged the Nagas to continue their efforts to achieve the “level of reconciliation that will give glory to God”. Dr Callam wrote that “without a doubt, we all can testify to the fact that Nagas are nearing the destination – we can almost see it on the horizon”. He also wrote that what “we do and how we act now was going to be absolutely crucial”.
He wrote in the letter that “all forms of offensive activities can be very damaging” and that “when we allow our mind and heart to travel the past, it pulls us to despair and hopelessness”. “When we try to confront the powers of hate and destruction, we feel so hopeless”, the BWA  general secretary wrote. The forum has stated that everywhere in the Naga areas, there is a unanimous voice crying for reconciliation and a solution to the struggle based on the “historical and political rights of the Nagas” and that “We are called to be people of hope”. In this regard the forum has congratulated the signatories of the “Covenant of Reconciliation” for choosing what it described as “the new path to that realization”.

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