The Legislature Party leader of Naga People’s Front (NPF), T.R. Zeliang, reiterated the party’s stand for inclusion of all Naga groups in the final agreement on the Naga political issue.

The party also said the Centre should not accept any piecemeal agreement.

The NPF Legislature Party led by Zeliang conveyed this to Nagaland governor R.N. Ravi during a meeting at Raj Bhawan in Kohima on Saturday.

Deliberating on a wide range of issues concerning the state, including the Naga political issue, the party impressed upon the governor that all Naga groups, including the group led by Adino Phizo, should be taken on board before arriving at a final solution, a release said.

“No armed group should be left out of the final agreement in order to secure the future of the Nagas,” the party members told the governor.

Stressing that the final solution should not become a cause for dissent within the Nagas, the party said the final solution should not be a repetition of the 16-Point Agreement or Shillong Accord which failed to bring about permanent peace.

Assuring full cooperation towards hammering out an early solution, the opposition party explained how certain clauses under Article 371(A) were misinterpreted in the past.

It pointed out some loopholes in the Article and said it should be strengthened and more clauses should be added to remove the ambiguity in it.

The party added “the Nagas cannot fully utilise the Article because it is interpreted to their disadvantage by the Centre and its courts of law, making it practically redundant”.

Ravi assured to explore all means for an honourable and amicable solution to the decades-old vexed issue.

He expressed hope that the issue would be expedited and a historic solution would be arrived at soon.

The governor gave a patient hearing to the issues raised by the party and committed to safeguard the interest and well-being of the Nagas, the release added.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at:

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