Four days after the Nagaland State Assembly had adopted resolutions asking the Centre to withdraw the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from the state, expedite the peace talks with NSCN and also demanded integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas under one administrative umbrella, chief minister TR Zeliang also got all major civil society groups of the state to endorse the same.
While representatives of various civil society organisations including the Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers’ Association, Naga Students’ Federation held a marathon closed-door consultative meeting with chief minister TR Zeliang, Assembly Speaker Chotisuh Sazo and others in Kohima on Friday, chief minister Zeliang later announced that these groups had ‘unanimously’ endorsed the five-point resolution of the Assembly.
“Representatives of all the civil society groups have unanimously endorsed the five-point resolution passed by the state assembly on July 27. This is a clear indication that Naga people by and large want peace and an early solution to the Naga political issue,” chief minister Zeliang said in Kohima.
Zeliang described as “good sign” the civil society and tribal bodies’ endorsement of the Nagaland Assembly resolution and said it was a “good message” to the Naga people as a whole and also to the government of India.
“The government of India wants to bring out a formula for a solution (to the NSCN issue) but they are apprehensive that Naga people may turn it down, resulting in a further deadlock including abrogation of ceasefire, thus letting in the armed forces,” Zeliang was quoted as having said. Keeping this in mind, Zeliang also suggested holding a series of consultations with people outside Nagaland too.
Other civil society groups that took part in Friday’s consultation were Eastern Naga People’s Organization, Eastern Naga Women Organization, Angami Public Organization, Ao Senden, Chakhesang Public Organization, Chang Khulei Setshang, Khiamniungan Hoho, Konyak Union, Kyong Hoho, Phom People’s Council, Pochury Hoho, Rengma Hoho, Sangtam Likhum Pumji, Sumi Hoho, Yimchunger Tribal Council, Zeliangrong Baudi, Eastern Naga Students’ Federation and the Forum for Naga Reconciliation.
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