WC, NNPG prepared to sign Indo-Naga agreement any day and anytime, says Zhimomi
Dimapur, Aug. 14 (EMN): After more than 50 rounds of negotiation in three years, the working committee of Naga National Political Groups (WC, NNPG) is “prepared to sign the Indo-Naga agreement any day and anytime”, according to the ato kilonser of GPRN/NSCN, N Kitovi Zhimomi.
“On November 17, 2017, the WC, NNPG and GoI (government of India), to which the GPRN/NSCN is an integral partner, signed the ‘agreed position’ which entrenched the political and historical rights of the Nagas to self determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity.
“It was agreed that the Nagas and Indians would work out the details of a relationship based on inclusive, enduring peaceful co-existence with due regard to contemporary political realities. Based on this ‘agreed principle’, all contentious issues have been negotiated and resolved in principle. WC, NNPG and GoI talks was never kept inside a cold storage at any point of time,” Zhimomi said in his Naga Independence Day speech.
According to him, all apex Naga tribal bodies, GBs, legislators, intellectual groups were on board; and the ‘status paper’ is with the apex Naga civil societies.
He said that the working committee had the courage to listen to the people and pursue practical approach to resolve the Indo-Naga issue.
“The solidarity and people’s participation in the entire process allowed the WC to focus on every fibre and thread of Indo-Naga issue. We have touched, negotiated, sorted out and documented all negotiated points for posterity. With great humility and gratefulness to our merciful Almighty God, we are confident and prepared to sign the Indo-Naga agreement any day and anytime,” he said.
Zhimomi acknowledged the ‘visionary leadership of the prime minister of India Narendra Modi, who showed genuine commitment and urgency to resolve the protracted political conflict and entrusted the Centre’s interlocutor RN Ravi to sign the historic agreed position with the WC, NNPG’.
He said that negotiations have concluded with unresolved matters to be pursued and settled through ‘democratic political process’. With this clear positive direction taking place, the Naga people look forward to entering a new era of enduring peaceful co-existence, Zhimomi added.