Naga political signatories in the presence of the NFR members led by Rev Dr I Wati Aier expressed commitment in finding ways to “transcend differences” through cooperation to be worked in future meetings on the basis of the ‘covenant of reconciliation’.
By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent
The collective leadership of the NSCN/GPRN along with the working committee of NNPGs had an informal interactive session with members of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) in Sovima, Chumukedima on Wednesday.
The meet called in the interest of pursuing “genuine understanding” among the Nagas and incrementally progressing forward, it was also learnt that in the meeting, a joint 3-point resolution was adopted.
Attended by the collective leadership of the NSCN/GPRN, Gen (retired) V S Atem, and coordinator of the working committee, NNPG, Alezo Venuh, the collective meeting discussed that the “covenant of reconciliation” or the CoR of June 13, 2019, signed by late Isak Chishi Swu, and including late SS Khaplang, and “Brig retired” S Signya would be honoured in letter and in spirit.
In this regard, while renewing “to work together in the spirit of love”, desisting from all forms of “armed violence” at the same time refraining from indulging in “violent words” through print and social media amongst the Naga Political Groups (NPGs) and the general public were also one of the main highlights.
In the meet, it was also resolved that from this time forth, in order to chart a path forward, a commitment was endorsed to “peace and respect” including to resolve the outstanding issues amongst the CoR members.
WILL GUARD OURSELVES AGAINST RIFTS
Stating that it is aware of the differences and hence would guard itself against rifts that further “divide us”, the Naga political signatories in the presence of the NFR members led by Rev Dr I Wati Aier committed in finding ways to “transcend differences” through cooperation to be worked in future meetings on the basis of the CoR. The collective leaderships said that cooperation which is “socially and politically” imaginative and prudently concrete for “nation’s building” has already begun.
Meanwhile, appealing to all individuals and organizations to refrain from all forms of rhetoric, assumptions and agendas that are “divisive”, “such a culture” should be ended immediately where Churches, educational institutions and including the civil society organizations and conscientious individuals to take charge in order to lead with “faithful discernment”, the “Sovima meet” also disclosed that “they” are committed to a dialogue in order to move forward, live in peace and overcome the cynicism, anxiety, and disagreements which had caused “us” to see each other as foes and strangers rather than members of the “same family”.