DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 21 (MExN): The Chakroma Public Organisation (CPO) and the Zeliangrong Baudi Nagaland (Zeme Council Nagaland, Liangmai Council Nagaland, Rongmei Council Peren District and Lamhai Village Council) today expressed dismay at the October 23 meeting convened by the cabinet sub-committee on the Peren-Dimapur boundary issue.
The CPO stated that “any efforts in solving boundary issues will be a hard nut to crack and may even prove disastrous” if the “actual traditional landowners” are not taken into consideration.
A press release from the CPO president, Vichütuolie Mere and general secretary, Mhiesisato Vüprü said this while expressing “surprise” that the Cabinet Sub-Committee is convening a consultative meeting on October 23, 2019 at the Commissioner’s Office, Kohima to discuss matters relating to boundary issues between the two districts.”
“From time immemorial, the Chakhromas (the Angamis of Dimapur district) and Zeliangs of Peren district have been sharing a traditional boundary between them and till today they peacefully co-exist as traditional neighbours by setting all disputes that might have existed earlier,” the CPO stated.
“So there is no question of any other tribe(s) coming in between us as landowner(s) or for that matter, be invited in any traditional boundary matters in any governmental or departmental purposes,” it claimed.
The Zeliangrong Baudi Nagaland meanwhile said that the meeting called the Western Sumi Hobo and Zeliangrong Baudi (N) without inviting the Chakhroma Public Organization(CPO/APO) “who is the ancestral traditional neighbouring community with the Zeliang community.”
“That the core issue verifiable facts must be ascertained from the next traditional neighbour without which any exercise will not lead to lasting boundary solution but rather it will encourage illegal activities and vitiate spirit of peaceful coexistence,” a press release from the ZB president, CR Zeliang; Zeme Council Nagaland president, Dr Tumda Newe; Liangmai Council Nagaland president, Khenglubo; Rongmei Council Peren district president, Ginbunlung; and Lamhai Village Council Chairman, Haibamko
It therefore urged the State Government to “reconsider the fact and invite the CPO/APO, the immediate neighbouring community in the consultation meeting. Failing which the Zeliangrong Baudi (N) strongly feel no meaningful purpose will be served by any amount of consultations.”