Chandel meet reaffirms support to Naga cause

CHANDEL,6th Sep: A Naga public meeting in Chandel has asked the Government of India and the NSCN-IM to hold the ongoing dialogue in a “time bound manner”. The meeting also re-affirmed their support to the ‘collective leadership’ of NSCN-IM. The meeting then demanded that the Government of India and the NSCN-IM resolve the Naga political issue at the earliest. The meeting was organised by United Naga Council (UNC) at Japhou Community Hall, Chandel on Thursday.

According to reports, UNC leaders, church leaders, ‘Tribe Hohos’, village chairmen, public leaders and others participated in the meeting. UNC said that the purpose of the meeting was also to review the “present” situation in 'Naga areas'. UNC president Gaidon Kamei spoke on the Indo-Naga political talks at length. The UNC president also highlighted Naga political history and situation and appealed to Nagas to remain united and work for the "Naga cause". UNC organised the meeting after it had a “joint review meeting on the Indo-Naga peace process” in Senapati on August 23.

That meeting had expressed unhappiness on the delay in "finalizing" the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM. The August 23 meeting had also urged the negotiating parties to settle the issue in a time bound manner. Meanwhile, UNC has said that more ‘review meetings’ will be organised in ‘Naga areas’ in the days to come.

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