Top leaders of three Naga groups meet, vow to reconcile

Top leaders of three Naga underground organisations have met for the first time and vowed to work towards ending hostilities among themselves and consolidating understanding.

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 15:43 PM IST

Kohima: Top leaders of three Naga
underground organisations have met for the first time and
vowed to work towards ending hostilities among themselves and
consolidating understanding.

NSCN(I-M) general secretary Th Muivah, NSCN(K) general
secretary N Kitovi Zhimomi and NNC/FGN president S Singnya
held a meeting organised by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation
(FNR) at Dimapur on Saturday.

"We commit to cessation of all forms of hostilities,
including any territorial expansion (supremacy of one group
over other in geographical term), and for this the joint
working group (of three factions) will meet from time to
time," the three leaders said in a joint declaration.

The joint declaration was made honouring the spirit of
"Covenant of Naga Reconciliation" signed at Chiang Mai in
Thailand in June last year by the three groups.

The "Covenant of Reconciliation" was only signed by the
top underground leaders at the initiative of the FNR but they
never met face-to-face.

The FNR, comprising representatives of Churches, NGOs and
civil society groups, has been insisting on the top level
meeting for consolidating peace and reconciliation process.

"In the spirit of love and respect with each other
facilitated by the FNR, we are reconciled based on the
historical and political rights of the Nagas; and henceforth,
we commit to working out our differences as outlined in the
Covenant of Re-conciliation," the declaration said.

The leaders "emphasized the need for Naga reconciliation
and to end all forms of violence and bloodshed amongst the
Nagas, an FNR statement said, adding "this historic meeting"
was the beginning of a new phase in the reconciliation
initiatives.

Since the FNR initiated the peace and reconciliation
move among the warring Naga underground groups, Nagaland
witnessed substantial reduction in violence for past two
years.

PTI