Leader of Opposition TR Zeliang along with leaders of CSOs Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: Nagaland opposition party, Naga People’s Front (NPF) through the newly formed Political Affairs Mission (PAM) met ‘top leaders’ of the tribal and civil society organisations over the Naga political issue. It deliberated that “all stakeholders be consulted and made signatories of the final Naga accord to rule out any misunderstandings”.

Leader of Opposition and PAM convener TR Zeliang, along with few NPF core members, had an interaction with “powerful top leaders of various Naga organisations” including the Nagaland GB Federation (NGBF), Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), Tenyimia Public Organisation (TPO), Naga Hoho(NH), Naga Mothers Association ( NMA), and the influential Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and the Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) at the Police Complex Chumukedima, in Dimapur.

An official update from the NPF said that Zeliang expressed contentment as almost all stakeholders were brought together in a single platform after a long gap. Zeliang feels that this “is the need of the hour to discuss the possible clear road map and way ahead to facilitate for an early solution as GoI”.

TR Zeliang opined that unity by all Naga Civil Organisations in one voice for an early solution is the “first step towards attaining the much anticipated final solution and lasting peace in the region.” He called for a “collective genuine effort by all stakeholders” including the general public to “facilitate and not be an obstruction in any form”.

Meeting of PAM with civil society leaders in Dimapur

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Cautioning that the Naga political issue is “highly complex”, Zeliang stressed that it needs “practical approach, political acumen and high level of understanding between the negotiating parties”.

The legislator said that further positive progress is possible if “Tribalism, Polarization or political colours” are kept away on the Naga issue, which is the only true genuine concern for permanent peace and progress. “This will ensure that the future of Naga generations and Naga areas be free from any conflict and enable an ecosystem of self-sustenance,” said Zeliang.

During the meeting which lasted for almost five hours, the leaders shared a general view that Framework Agreement signed by NSCN IM and Agreed Position by WC NNPG needs to be deliberated by the centre for an honourable common Final Naga Accord, based on the formal talks which concluded in 31 October 2019.

The leaders were also of the view that all stakeholders must be consulted and made “signatories of the final Naga accord to rule out any misunderstandings”.

Zeliang is likely to travel to New Delhi soon to meet Central leaders to convey the aspirations of the people for permanent peace in the region and the need of drafting of common Naga accord by GoI for early solution which is inescapable.

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