Kohima: Naga People’s Front (NPF), the opposition party of the state, on Friday, said that it still stand with the commitment made by NPF legislators of “paving the way” for permanent peace in the state although it’s not in the helm of affairs in the state.
Addressing a press conference at its central office on Friday, NPF spokesperson Achumbemo Kikon said, “We heartily welcome the positive conclusion of the talk. We hope the supposed agreement, which is yet to be officially announced, will definitely usher in peace and tranquillity in our society.”
Kikon said that the party had met with both negotiating parties of the Naga peace talks — Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and the NSCN-IM — in New Delhi which was led by Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang. “We had a very positive interaction with both the groups/parties. We have appealed to both the groups to bury their past hatred, their differences and come together for the sake of the Naga people, for the sake of solution,” he said.
Kikon then added that both groups had given a “very positive response”. He said: “It is the desire for the entire Naga people that the peace process, the political talk, comes to an end with a logical reasoning for an honourable settlement. We hope GoI understands the urgency of finding an honourable solution to the Naga political issue.”
When asked if the NPF still stands to its commitment of “paving way” if a final settlement to the Naga issue is arrives, Kikon said: “If we were in the government, we would have very gladly announced it already. But so far we have not heard from the present government paving way. But for the NPF, when we were in the government, we have very candidly stated that at any given moment, at any given situation, the moment comes… we will pave way”.
“But we are in the opposition, how can we pave way. That stands still but we are not at the helms of the affairs,” he added.
In August 2012, the NPF legislators led by Neiphiu Rio, who was also the then chief minister, expressed their readiness to sacrifice their present positions and put in their resignation letters to pave the way for permanent peace in the state.
Meanwhile, the NPF will hold its general convention at Capital Convention Centre, Kohima on November 22. The day-long affair will witness delegations from its Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh units.
He further informed that there will be a change of guard in the NPF office with the election of new office-bearers.