CM Neiphiu Rio

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday called upon the need for an early and honourable solution to the Naga political issue so that peace, stability and all-round development can prevail in the State.

He said that 23 years of ceasefire and political dialogue is more than enough time to reach a logical conclusion and Nagas have longed for genuine peace for decades and there is a deep desire for an honourable and acceptable solution that would pave the way for all-round progress and development.

Unfurling the tricolour during the main Independence Day function at the Secretariat in Kohima, Rio reiterated the state government’s role in the ongoing political dialogue of making all possible efforts in reaching a logical conclusion.

“The state government has carried out consultations with all sections of the society, including Tribal Hohos, mass-based organisations, church leaders, NGOs and all other stakeholders. Through the Joint Legislators’ Forum, all the legislators have come together irrespective of party affiliations and political ideologies in the greater interest of peace and political solution,” he said.

Rio also suggested that the civil societies discuss among themselves and create a conducive atmosphere with full understanding as one Naga family and he appealed to all sections of the society and every citizen to continue to make their honest contribution for lasting peace and to resolve the issue without further delay.

Currently a nine-member team of the NSCN-IM (National Socialist Council of Nagaland, Isak-Muivah faction) led by chief negotiator Thuingaleng Muivah has been holding informal talks since Monday in New Delhi with the Centre as a prelude to the formal talks expected to begin after August 15 and some significant development can be expected by September.

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