"Defining hour is approaching for announcing honourable and acceptable solution", says the Working Committee of the Naga National Political Groups
Kohima: Following a meeting between the Working Committee (WC) of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and the Government of India (GoI) representative and Interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi, the NNPGs said that as there should be only "one solution", the "GOI will not wait for anyone anymore".
Ravi, who is also the governor of the state met with the WC, NNPGs at the police Complex in Chumoukedima under Dimapur on Thursday. An official update from the media cell of the WC, NNPGs said that the interlocutor has affirmed that GOI is taking forward the decision of the Naga groups taken on October 31 last year.
According to the groups, the GOI acknowledged the fact that "Naga tribes and civil societies have spelt out their position on the Indo-Naga political issue and reciprocally, it is determined to fulfil the political aspiration of the Naga people".
"The defining hour is approaching for announcing honourable and acceptable solution, and therefore both GOI and WC felt that the unity of the Nagas at this time is critical," said the WC, NNPGs.
It said that the official position is that the "Naga issue must be settled and the waiting period is over" and that the centre is "preparing necessary steps". WC, NNPGs cordial engagement with neighbouring communities, was also appreciated by centre as any outcome will affect all in the neighbourhood and that this cordial relationship should be continued.
"While it is the desire of GOI and Naga people that there should be only one solution, GOI will not wait for anyone anymore," WC, NNPGs said. It said that the WC, NNPGs have disclosed the status papers of the negotiations to the Naga tribes, elected representatives past and present, Naga civil societies and the church leaders which has created positive impact as it has proven to be the only practical approach to resolve the Indo-Naga political issue.
"The solution is a Naga solution. It is going to be a people's solution," it said. The WC also conveyed to the interlocutor that the Intangki reserve forest is the common property of all Nagas and that it shall be restored to its original pristine position.
It said "It cannot, in whatsoever manner, be disturbed post solution. In response, the interlocutor said that Intangki belongs to the people of Nagaland and GOI have no say in the land and natural resources of the Nagas. This is one aspect of the sovereign rights of the Nagas".
The groups further appealed for prayer support from the Naga people till an "acceptable and honourable political solution is declared".