Kohima: In a significant development, the Joint Legislators Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue along with both the MPs of Nagaland have appealed the neighbouring states to extend all possible cooperation so that the Naga peace process can be concluded in a successful manner and one that will enable peace and stability in the entire Northeast.
The meeting of the JLF and the state MPs held on Wednesday in Dimapur also decided to appeal the neighbouring states so that everyone can live peacefully under an environment of mutual co-existence and cooperation.
This assumes significance as the neighbouring states of Nagaland, especially Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, have already requested the Centre to maintain the territorial integrity of their respective states while pursuing the Naga peace talks. The Centre has also said that the views and inputs from states like Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam will be taken into consideration. Only then will the Naga talks will be concluded, Union home minister Amit Shah had told Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu recently.
The meeting also welcomed the ‘successful’ conclusion of the negotiations between the Centre and the Naga national political groups and extended sincere appreciation to the negotiating parties for making sacrifices and for understanding the realities of the given situations.
It also reiterated the August 7, 2019 JLF resolutions and appealed to all the stakeholders — the negotiating parties (working committee of seven NNPGs and the NSCN-IM), hohos, civil society organisations, churches and the people, to foster a spirit of unity and openness among each other to facilitate the eventual solution to the protracted Naga political issue that is honourable, acceptable and which recognises the uniqueness of the history of the Naga people.
“The meeting also appreciated the Prime Minister, Union home minister, Nagaland governor and Centre’s interlocutor for bringing the talks thus so far. The house further welcomed the proactive role played by the mass-based organizations, tribal hohos, NGOs, churches and the civil societies who made all out efforts to create a congenial atmosphere to ensure that the negotiations were headed in a positive direction,” it said.
The meeting, which was attended by Sharingain Longkumer, speaker-in-charge; Neiphiu Rio, chief minister, Nagaland; TR Zeliang, leader of opposition; Y Patton, deputy chief minister; KG Kenye, MP, Rajya Sabha; and Tokheho Yepthomi, MP, Lok Sabha; among others; also assured that the JLF will continue to play the role of active facilitators and will extend all possible cooperation to ensure that the peace process is successfully concluded with the realisation of a political solution that is honorable and acceptable to the people.
Meanwhile, the meeting also appealed to the working committee NNPGs and the NSCN (IM) to sit across the negotiating table and bury all differences for the greater good of the Naga people and further appealed to all other groups who are not on board to join the peace process.