Kohima: Following the consultative meeting of the state government with tribal hohos on Wednesday, Nagaland government spokesperson Neiba Kronu said that the leaders in attendance have discussed the need to form an apex tribal body for Nagas living in the state of Nagaland.

Kronu, who is the member secretary of the Parliamentary committee on Naga political issue, told reporters that although the Naga hoho, an apex body of Naga tribes, is still functioning, there is a need to create a new tribal apex body for Nagas living in Nagaland, like the United Naga Council, the apex body of the Nagas living in Manipur.

Briefing about the discussion held with the tribal leaders, He said “We feel that within Nagaland also we should have this civil society organisation”. Kronu added that if necessary, there can be similar civil society organisations in the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam and that these tribal bodies can come together for consultation.

“But within Nagaland, it has become a necessity,” he said. Kronu also said that for the creation of a new Naga tribal body for the state of Nagaland, the Naga Hoho will also be consulted.

In addition, Mmhonlumo Kikon, adviser IT, Science & Technology, NRE, said that the idea of the formation of an apex Naga body for the state which was proposed during the consultative meeting will be discussed further.

Meanwhile, Kronu expressed hope for “cooperation” from the stakeholders on the matter as he said that time is “crucial” for the Naga political solution and that the government is trying its best.

He also added that the forming of an opposition-less government is an “advantage” and an “opportunity” for the legislators to work together and address many unresolved issues—including the Naga political issue which remains its top priority.

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