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5 point resolution with regard to Naga Political Issue : Endorsed by Neiphiu Rio

Kohima, November 19th, 2017



I am happy to learn that the Parliamentary Working Committee has adopted a 5 point resolution on November 17, 2017 at Kohima with regard to the Naga Political Issue.

Although I was unable to attend the meeting due to inclement weather which prevented me from landing at Kohima on the said day, I wholeheartedly endorse the resolutions. The Nagas have been a strife-torn people for the last more than 60 years and now is the time for peace to reign in the land, and in our hearts.

The signing of an agreement between the Government of India and the Working Committee comprising of 6 (six) Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on Friday, November 17, 2017 at New Delhi is a welcome step in the right direction. On behalf of the Nagas, I extend my sincerest gratitude to the Government of India led by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister for once again recognising the political and historical rights of the Nagas to self-determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity. This is a significant step in our search for honourable resolution of the Indo-Naga political imbroglio. I appeal to all the negotiating parties, especially the Government of India to expedite the political dialogue and bring about a solution that is honourable, democratic and upholds the political rights of the people.

As the Nagas stand at a crucial juncture in our history – at the crossroads between lasting peace coupled with progressive development; and the path to chaos and self-destruction – I pray that wisdom prevails and that the Nagas choose the former. It is imperative to have an inclusive solution so that no one is left behind and therefore, I appeal to the Government of India and the NSCN (K) to pursue restoration of ceasefire and also take measures through negotiations that will ensure an honourable settlement. GoI may further pursue the matter with the Government of Myanmar as the organisation represents the Naga people who belong and reside in both India and Myanmar.

I further sound a clarion call to all the elected members of Nagaland, as well as all political parties in the State, all NGOs and the general public cutting across political inclinations to come forward and support the demand for an early and inclusive settlement of the Naga Political Issue. I especially appeal to Dr. Shürhozelie’s group to take the path of unity and reconciliation in the greater interest of our society. As we have been appealing to all sections to unite for a lasting political solution, it is imperative that overgrounds too unite and reconcile if we are indeed committed to serve our people.

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri TR Zeliang for assuring to table the Lokayukta Bill in the Winter Session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly scheduled for December 14, 2017. Corruption, nepotism and favouritism have become the most challenging aspects in governance and the delivery system. In order to ensure transparency and corruption free government, the institution of the Lokayukta Act, suited to our context keeping in mind the special provisions Nagas enjoy under the Constitution of India, will surely go a long way in changing the system for the better. The Standing Committee meeting with the Sub-Committee and ACAUT that is going to be held on Monday, November 20, 2017 is a welcome gesture and I am hopeful that it will be fruitful towards bringing a comprehensive law to check corruption.

Sd/-
( NEIPHIU RIO )


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