“Inclusive solution” needed for permanent peace to their land – Zeliang

KOHIMA, Apr 28 (NEPS): Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang said the Naga political dialogue should be made “inclusive” if it was really to result in permanent peace to their land.

So they were happy that the Interlocutor could bring other NNPGs on board and began political dialogue, Leader of Opposition told NEPS here on Saturday. He further said that they continuously worked to achieve that goal, because the Naga political dialogue should be made “inclusive” if it was really to result in permanent peace to their land.

Zeliang said he was not aware of the contents of the “Framework Agreement,” which was signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) in 2015. He, however, expressed his happiness that six NNPGs had already joined the political negotiations with the Government of India in order to find a solution to the Naga political issue.

“Of course, the Union Home Minister would know the contents of the Framework Agreement,” he said.

Whether there would be any urgency to call a “Special Session” of the State Assembly to deliberate on the statement given by Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home, that the NSCN (IM) had already dropped their demand of sovereignty and other serious issues from their charter of demands, and they were working to have a final “Framework Agreement” to resolve the issue, Zeliang said they were yet to see the “Draft Agreement.” “Unless we get any directive with the Draft Agreement, we cannot have such a Special Session to discuss,” he said.

Leader of Opposition still said that Interlocutor RN Ravi was not only for political negotiations with NSCN (IM) and other NNPGs but also authorized to settle the issue.

Recalling their meeting with K Padmanabhaiah, then Interlocutor, with regard to his role towards finding the solution to the Naga issue, Zeliang said when they raised the settlement of the Naga issue, he told them to speak to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister. “That means he is not fully authorized to settle the Naga issue,” he said.

“So when we 19 Members of the Parliamentary Working Committee (PWC) of Nagaland led by Convener Chotisuh Sazo, who was also Speaker of the Assembly, met Rajnath Singh, Home Minister on July 16, 2015 at Delhi, we asked him whether Ravi would be like Padmanabhaiah,” Zeliang said. “The Home Minister told us that Ravi is not only for political negotiations but also fully authorized to settle the Naga issue.”

When the Home Minister was replying to them, Ravi was also present, he added.

So when the “Framework Agreement” was signed, it was Ravi who signed it with NSCN (IM) and that was the manifestation that he was fully authorized to also settle the Naga political issue.

It may be mentioned that at the official request of PWC during Zeliang’s Government, a joint team of Naga Hoho and ENPO was assigned to go to Myanmar to meet top leaderships of NSCN (K) for the persuasion to review the unilateral abrogation of ceasefire by NSCN (K) with the Government of India. The joint team met an Emissary from the Ceasefire Monitoring Group, NSCN (K), at Mandalay, Myanmar. They appealed the NSCN (K) supremo for review and resumption of ceasefire with the Government of India so as to bring about a congenial and progressive atmosphere in Nagaland and all the Naga inhabited areas.


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