The Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCNPI) has held several rounds of discussions, deliberations and consultative meetings with various stakeholders including the “Naga national political groups” and the representatives of the Government of India.
By Imna Longchar, TFM Nagaland Correspondent
The Core Committee on Naga Political Issue (CCNPI) will hold a meeting with the Working Committee of the NNPGs today (September 23) at Rhododendron Hall, Chumukedima.
According to a source, the meeting is being convened between the two in order to update the NNPGs on the latest developments going on in New Delhi as a seven member team delegation of the NSCN (I-M) led by VS Atem held talks with the government of India interlocutor, AK Mishra.
It has been reported that NSCN (I-M) and the Union government discussed the core demands, including a separate flag for the Nagas. The talks remained inconclusive and is likely to resume, sources said. The NSCN (I-M) delegation also requested the interlocutor to arrange for a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Indo-Naga political imbroglio
Meanwhile, Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said that the “Indo-Naga political imbroglio” has been at the core of Naga society for several decades and remains central in our concerns even today. Rio said this during discussion on the Naga Political issue in the 12th Session of 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly. He added that for NLA too, “it is at the top of our agenda and in the course of the past four years, the members of this House have undertaken discussions and deliberations on several occasions within the floor of this House and outside the house”.
He said his government has given utmost importance to the Naga political issue and have made every possible effort to play the role of active facilitator in order to create an atmosphere that is conducive to realization of an early solution to the protracted Naga political issue.
Stating that the present State government in Nagaland has formed an opposition-less United Democratic Front (UDA) government with the singular motive to facilitate the peace process so that we realize the aspiration of achieving genuine peace though a negotiated political solution that is honourable, acceptable and inclusive, Rio said subsequently, the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue (PCNPI) and the Core Committee were formed on June 10, 2021, comprising of representatives from all political parties represented in the NLA and all 60 Members of this House rose above our affiliations by setting aside all our differences and we all came under one platform to extend positive support to the political negotiations.
The Parliamentary Committee and the Core Committee has held several rounds of discussions, deliberations and consultative meetings with various stakeholders including the Naga national political groups and the representatives of the Government of India. Extending appreciation of the House, to all the stakeholders, leaders and representatives of civil society and tribal hohos and all organizations and individuals who participated in the consultative meetings and collectively supported “our common endeavour of pursuing permanent peace”,
Rio also extended gratitude to the Government of India for acknowledging the unique history of the Nagas and for recognizing the Naga issue as a political issue. He also appreciated and acknowledged of the House for the sacrifices and contributions of the Naga national workers in the course of the Naga political journey and towards the Naga political aspiration for permanent peace.
The chief minister said the signing of the Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015, after over 80 rounds of talks in the presence of the Prime Minister of India and other high officials and dignitaries of the Union Government was indeed a historic occasion and we continue to extend our support and appreciation towards honouring the agreement.
Agreed Position signed on November 17, 2017
Stating that the Agreed Position signed on November 17, 2017, was greatly significant and further strengthened the progress of the negotiations, chief minister Neiphiu Rio said the NLAs of Nagaland Assembly reiterate their appreciation to the signatories of both the documents and to the Government of India for exhibiting sincere commitment in our collective efforts to resolve the decades old political imbroglio.
Naga consultative meeting on Naga political issue on October 15, 2020
Neiphiu Rio said the Naga Consultative Meeting on the Naga Political Issue held at the State Banquet Hall, Kohima, unanimously resolved, and quote, “to relentlessly work in a collective and unified manner with one voice so as to facilitate the peace process and strengthen the negotiations for early realisation of the desired One Solution in a transparent manner which is acceptable and honourable”.
The resolutions also “appealed to the negotiating groups to come together under a spirit of oneness, mutual trust and understanding with sincerity and commitment towards achieving One Solution for One People as early as possible.” We “affirmed our commitment to continuously work towards a political settlement based on Naga historical and political rights to determine our future on the unique history
and position of the Nagas”.
On September 14, this year, the national political groups signed the September Joint Accordant under the initiative of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation.
NSCN (I-M) and the NNPGs while acknowledging the “Covenant of Reconciliation (CoR) signed on June 13,
2009 committed to move forward through dialogue and live together in Peace.
Terming it as a significant step in the right direction, Rio appreciated the House to the signatories of the Joint Accordant and also to the facilitator, the FNR. Also stating that the State Government is not a direct party to the negotiations and are only playing its role as facilitators, however, Rio said “its sincerity towards the commitments which have made in our respective manifestoes still stands.
The ruling dispensation and the political parties in the UDA have made it clear in our manifestoes that we will pave the way in the event of a solution that is honourable, acceptable and inclusive.”
Rio said the present state government and the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue continues to make efforts, while appealing for early solution, to the extent of supporting such a development even before the elections to the Nagaland Assembly, which are due in early 2023. A political issue that has stretched for several decades and involves the longest standing insurgency of the entire region needs a mature approach, he said. “The present ceasefire and talks have been going on for more than two decades, and we feel that itmore than enough time for all sides to understand and appreciate each other in a manner that we are able to reach a desired conclusion by achieving a
settlement”, Rio said.
On July 16, 2022, the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue, in its meeting held at Kohima, adopted a resolution appealing to the negotiating parties to refer to the competencies of the talks and resolve the contentious issues, for this he said it welcomed and appreciated the resumption of talks between the negotiating parties and we are all hopeful that this latest round of talks would bear
“We reiterate our appeal to the negotiating parties and the Government of India to address the contentious issues and undertake discussions on the competencies so that the talks can be expedited and a solution can be reached at the earliest possible”, he said while adding that the August House is united in its common aspiration for achieving lasting peace and placed on record his deepest appreciation to each and every Member for rising above all differences in unitedly working under the platform of the Parliamentary Committee on Naga Political Issue and the Core Committee on the Naga Political Issue.
As facilitators, Rio said would continue to put forward its best efforts within the given possibilities for a final solution and genuine peace.
“Nagas have been impacted for decades by the political conflict and the unresolved Indo-Naga political issue. Generations of our youth have faced untold hurdles in striving towards their aspirations or have failed to achieve their ambitions, due to the challenges of the political movement. The desire for genuine peace in now greater than ever before. The masses are crying out for resolution of the problem, so that, our people too, can strive towards progress along with the rest of the global community”, he said.
The inherent talents and genius of the Naga people deserve to be given the opportunity to achieve excellence and success, Rio further added.
“The leaders of today’s Naga society cannot afford to let the present and future generations inherit the continuation of conflict and violence. We owe it to them to come together under a spirit of collective oneness and resolve this imbroglio, so that, we too, can rise as a people and positively contribute to the nation building process and towards the better good of humanity, the chief minister said. Rio also said the NLA has stood firm through the test of time and the floor of the August House has well and truly been a House of the people.