Unite for the sake of peace—Naga organisations
Dimapur, Oct. 23 (EMN): Various Naga organisations continue to plead for unity among the Naga groups for the sake of peace and lasting solution.
The Naga Hoho issued a statement on Wednesday appealing to the Naga ‘national workers’ to leave aside their differences for the sake of peace and tranquillity in the land and ‘unite for peaceful solution which will pave way for a lasting peace’.
It also appealed to the government of India to ensure that the final solution should be inclusive of all parties and no further division arise out of the ‘piecemeal’ agreement.
“… the Naga freedom fighters have kept the movement alive that made us to assert our rights as a free people without any fear and doubts. Today, time and opportunity for the Naga people has come once again to choose and decide our destiny. To arrive at our desired goal and destination, unity is the only way forward for the Naga people by burying our individual interests,” it stated.
A statement from Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) asserted the organisation’s commitment towards an ‘inclusive and just peace’.
“As women and mothers who have suffered as victims of the conflict, yet made our contributions to peace making and peace building, we appeal to our leaders and brothers from different Naga political groups to come together in peace and speak for a solution that brings sustainable peace to the Nagas and our children. We appeal to the state government to impartially play its role of facilitators for peace by taking all Nagas forward,” it stated.
The NMA also urged the government of India to abstain from “selective division of the Nagas and remember that Naga women’s voices must also be counted in the process of peace building.” It reminded that Naga people cannot afford another period of violence.
“We place on record our objection at this critical juncture on the policy of exclusion of civil society like the Naga Hoho, the Naga Mothers’ Association, the Naga Students Federation and the Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights that have supported the peace process and peace dialogue for decades, by the state agencies and the Interlocutor of the Naga peace talks,” read the statement.
In another statement, the concerned citizens forum and the senior citizens forum from Mokokchung maintained that the manner in which the government of India is “dubiously handling” the political negotiations today is “problematic for any logical solution”. The statement bore the names of Temjen Paul, Limasashi, Benja Namo and Prof. Sangyu Yaden.
Rather, it stated, the government of India should demonstrate maturity and democratic credentials and honour all the commitment that has been agreed upon between the NSCN (IM) and the Indian leaders.
Military hostilities have never in the history of Nagaland provided any lasting and permanent peaceful solution, a statement from the Nagaland Law Students’ Federation (NLSF) maintained.
It urged all stakeholders to listen to the voice of the people and bring about a peaceful and honourable solution.