Nagaland pol parties to discuss Naga issue

NEWMAI NEWS NETWORK DIMAPUR, 21st Nov: Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang will convene a meeting of ‘all political parties’ on November 23 in Kohima in connection with the ‘issues relating to settlement of Naga political problem’. The meeting will start from 1 pm in the residential office of the Chief Minister, Minister’s Hill, Kohima.

This meeting is significant as the Nagaland Legislators Forum (NLF) on Naga political issue had mooted few days ago that a delegation of legislators should go to New Delhi to meet the Prime Minister and other central leaders to submit a memorandum on the Naga political issue seeking an early solution before the ensuing Assembly elections of Nagaland.

The NLF on Naga political issue said, “It is important to ensure that the settlement of the Naga political issue is done before the Nagaland Assembly elections to prevent shift of focus from settlement to election."

The Nagaland Legislators Forum also endorsed the points made in the Memorandum submitted by the Parliamentary Working Committee of the Forum to Prime Minister on July 16, 2015.

The NLF then appreciated the leadership and vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘for the significant progress made in the negotiations for the settlement of Naga political issue’. The Forum also opined that with the involvement of the six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) along with NSCN-IM in the talks, ‘it is the right time to finalise a solution that is inclusive’.

The 6 NNPGs are GPRN/NSCN, FGN, NNC (Parent Body), NPGN/NNC (NA), NSCN (R) and NNC/GDRN (NA).

Upon their return to Dimapur from New Delhi on November 19, the Working Committee of the six NNPGs said that the dialogue with the Government of India was held on the condition that ‘the Centre should recognise the historical and political rights of Naga people’ and ‘that Naga people have the right to self-determine their future in consonance with their unique identity’.

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