TR Zeliang (centre) said that the Naga issue is "sacred to all Nagas and at this critical juncture, tribal and political colours should be shunted out Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: Days after the Naga People’s Front (NPF) through the Political Affairs Mission (PAM) met with the NNPGs and civil society organizations over the Naga political issue, the party met with the Central Nagaland Tribes Council (CNTC).

An official update from the party on Thursday said that a crucial discussion and deliberation was held between the two which lasted for almost two hours. The CNTC team led by its president T Lanu Imchen met the Leader of Opposition and Convenor of PAM TR Zeliang at his residence in Dimapur to discuss on the way ahead for Naga solution, which the Government of India (GoI) “intends to conclude by September”.

During the meeting, the party said that the CNTC officials made its position clear that it will stand by the resolution of 14 Apex Naga Tribal Hohos adopted on 11 August– that the solution should be based on the Framework Agreement and the Agreed Positions and the last formal talks held on October 31 last year which was agreed by the GoI , NSCN-IM and Working Committee (WC) of the NNPGs.

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It deliberated that the unresolved issues must be taken up in the future through a “political means” and further stressed on the need for unity for a common Naga accord which should be “acceptable, hounourable and inclusive”. On the Naga issue, it deliberated that it needed genuine efforts by all to come to a common platform to avoid any misunderstanding post accord.

According to the party, Zeliang appreciated the stand of the CNTC and apprised them of the previous discussion held at Chumoukedima with apex organisations where the CNTC could not attend. However, all apex organisations had similar perspective and road map on the way ahead to Naga solution, it said.

It shared that Zeliang was also of the view that all tribal apex bodies should be in “unison and work towards amalgamation of the various Naga Political Groups so that there is only One Agreement and One Solution”.

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It also urged upon the CNTC to work in tandem with the other apex organisations so that with a collective effort it can come to a common platform and achieve the much desired and aspirations of the Naga people.

Zeliang further said that the Naga issue is “sacred to all Nagas and at this critical juncture, tribal and political colours should be shunted out for the welfare and well being of each one of us and that the Naga people should be the best judge as a matured progressive society”.

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