Governor of Nagaland and Meghalaya RN Ravi addressing the 5th session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Friday Credit: DIPR image

Kohima: Governor of Nagaland and Meghalaya RN Ravi while addressing the fifth session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Friday said that with the successful conclusion of the negotiations on the Naga peace talks between the government of India (GoI) and the Naga political groups, all the various organisations must “unite for an early settlement”.

“It gives me great pleasure to share with you that we could be now very close to it,” said Ravi, who is also the interlocutor for Naga peace talks. He then expressed his appreciation towards all stakeholders for “exhibiting utmost sincerity, foresightedness and a spirit of understanding in helping create a conducive atmosphere for conclusion of the talks in a positive manner”.

Ravi lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah for their “unwavering commitment, determination and constant guidance which ensured the progress” leading to a positive conclusion. He also welcomed the positive role played by tribal hohos, mass based organisations, churches and civil societies.

Further urging all organisations to unite and foster in the early settlement of the Naga political issue, he said: “If we fail this time, then we will be missing a golden opportunity.”

Ravi then lauded the unity of all 60 legislators for uniting under one banner — Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) — and facilitating the “final solution to the prolonged Naga political issue which is honourable, acceptable and recognises the uniqueness of the history of the Naga people”.

Ravi appealed all state governments and people of the neighbouring states to show the highest level of understanding and extend all possible cooperation so that the peace process which has reached a “very critical juncture” concludes successfully in the “interest of enduring peace and stability in the entire region”.

Deputy speaker (speaker-in-charge) Sharingain Longkumer and members of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly paying tribute to its deceased members

Following the governor’s address, the House made obituary references to the passing away of Vikho-o Yhoshu, sitting member and Speaker of 13th NLA; T Torechu, sitting member; Netsutso Theyo, former MLA; Lutjakai Kuki, former Interim Body Member (IBM); and Z Katiry, former MLA.

The House also ratified the Constitution 126th Amendment Bill, 2019 on Friday. Deputy speaker (speaker-in-charge) Sharingain Longkumer, adjourned the session till 9:30 am on February 7.

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