Joint Legislators Forum
Members of the Joint Legislators Forum on Naga Political Issue along with two MPs from Nagaland after the consultative meeting on Wednesday. Image credit - Northeast Now

The Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga Political Issue on Wednesday appreciated the negotiators of the Naga peace talks for the breakthrough in the negotiations between the Centre and the NNPGs.

The JLF and the two MPs from Nagaland held a consultative meeting at Chumukediam police complex in Dimapur.

The meeting extended sincere appreciation to the negotiating parties for making sacrifices and understanding the realities of the “given situation”, secretary, Nagaland Legislative Assembly secretariat, K. Sekhose, said in a release after the meeting.

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Reiterating the August 7 JLF resolution, the meeting appealed to all the stakeholders to foster a spirit of unity and oneness amongst each other to facilitate the eventual solution to the protracted Naga political issue, which is honourable, acceptable and recognises the uniqueness of the history of the Naga people.

The stakeholders include the working committee of seven Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and the NSCN (IM), hohos, civil society organisations, churches and other people.

It appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, union home minister Amit Shah, Nagaland governor and Centre’s interlocutor R.N. Ravi for bringing the talks thus far.

The meeting also welcomed the proactive role played by the mass-based organisations, tribal hohos, NGOs, churches and civil societies who made all out efforts to create a congenial atmosphere to ensure that the negotiations were headed in a positive direction.

It appealed to the people of the neighbouring states to extend all possible cooperation so that the peace process can conclude in a successful manner which will enable peace and stability in the entire region.

“We appeal to our neighbouring states to build trust and confidence within us so that we can live peacefully under an environment of mutual co-existence and cooperation,” the meeting urged.

It assured that the JLF will continue to play the role of active facilitators and extend all possible cooperation to ensure that the peace process is successfully concluded with the realisation of a political solution that is honourable and acceptable to the people.

The meeting appealed to the working committee of NNPGs and the NSCN (IM) to sit across the negotiating table and bury all differences for the greater good of the Naga people. It also urged all other groups who are not on board to join the peace process.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com