IMPHAL: Elated over the latest development in the Naga peace talks, the leadership of the 14 Naga tribes of Nagaland has expressed “extreme appreciation” to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Home Minister Amit Shah; interlocutor to Naga peace talks R N Ravi; NSCN (I-M) GPRN Ato Kilonser, Th.Muivah; WC, NNPGs Convenor, N Kitovi Zhimomi and all the leaders instrumental in bringing the negotiation to a positive end.
In a press statement, the leadership of the 14 Naga Tribes of Nagaland said that the process of peace talks dragged on for over 22 years and was finally “concluded in the manner acceptable and as desired by all stakeholders.” Arriving at a decision on October 31 was “historic and was only possible through a perfectly divine intervention and nothing else,” pointed out the statement.
Affirming that the Naga people have faith in “our Living God”, the statement went on to say, “We always rest our hope and future in His time and measure.” It further added that a consensus has been reached between the NSCN (I-M) and the Government of India to resolve the protracted “Indo-Naga political issue through peaceful means.”
While welcoming the development, the leaderships said it was “duty bound to express happiness and extreme appreciation” to those who were party to the negotiation. “The days that are to come shall be seen as a new dawn in our Naga unity and faith only unto the Creator Almighty,” the statement said.
NSF appreciates NSCN (I-M)
The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) in a press release stated that it was pleased to learn about the October 31 meeting between the Government of India and the NSCN (I-M) which ended on a positive note.
The federation said that it had always maintained that the abrogation of the peace process due to differences during the negotiation period would have proved “too costly for the future of the Nagas.”
The NSF stated that it welcomed the “positive development” and appreciated both the parties to the political dialogue for adopting “progressive policies and resorting to ways that could eventually reign in a peaceful future for the Naga people.”
The press release further said the NSF was convinced that the recent development “is another landmark towards amicably resolving South-East Asia’s longest movement for self-determination in a manner which will uphold the legitimate rights and unique history of the Nagas.”