Nagas in Chandel welcomes ‘Peace Accord’

Ruwngthung Hrangbung
Chandel | August 5


The seven Naga Tribes of Chandel gathered today to honour and welcome the “Peace Accord” signed between the GoI India and the NSCN (IM).


All tribes presidents, leaders of the students organisation, women organisations, rank and files of AC Battalion, Naga Army, Khurmi Region authorities and MDCs of ADC Chandel gathered to welcome the historic landmark in a function held today under the aegis of the Chandel Naga People’s Organisation (CNPO) at the CNPO’s office located in the district head quarter town Japhou Bazar.


The people in the gathering were grateful to the wisdom of BJP led NDA Government of the centre for the efforts to end the six decade old Naga problem.


‘We highly appreciate the leadership of the PM of India Narendra Modiji and the collective leadership of the NSCN (IM) for bringing an honourable solution which is acceptable to all’ said president of Sirti Upa Ruh Ng Beni.


Chief Administrative Officer of Khurmi Region, TS Prem in his speech recounted the struggle of the Naga Army in the past and termed the peace accord as the biggest achievement given to the Naga People by the Almighty God. He said, it is the beginning of a new Chapter for the Nagas to unite and defend Nagalim.


‘It is time for us to reconcile, forgive and forget our differences’ said PRO of AC Battalion Naga Army K Wangshol while speaking in the function and adding that, “It’s not by might, not by power but, by the prayer of all faithful Nagas, we have been able to achieve this glory.”


President of CNPO, WS Kanral Anal further informed that a celebration will be held shortly by all the Naga society living in Chandel district.


Fruits of unstinted courage & patience: UNC


Dimapur, August 5 (MExN): On behalf of the Naga people of the present state of Manipur, the United Naga Council (UNC) has welcomed the “Historic Naga Peace Accord” signed between the Government of India (GoI) and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim on August 3 in New Delhi.


In a press release, UNC stated that the signing of the peace accord has brought about the end of decades of armed conflict in Naga areas. “The Peace Accord was the fruits of unstinted courage and patience of the Nagas on one hand and the wisdom and political will of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and his government on the other,” UNC stated and further wished long life to Modi, Swu and Muivah.


UNC extended appreciation and gratitude to the Prime Minister of India and Chairman Isaac Chisi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah, General Secretary of the NSCN/GPRN. “The Nagas in the present State of Manipur along with the rest of the Nagas will always gratefully remember them and their names be inscribed in the golden pages of Naga History,” UNC stated.


The Council also stated that the Nagas of the present State of Manipur pledge to continue to render “our best” in bringing the Peace Accord into its final shape.


‘Repealing of AFSPA must be a primary action’


Imphal, August 5 (MexN):  Welcoming decision of the peace accord signed between the NSCN (IM) and government of India (GoI), the Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign (SSSC), today stated that signals among things, the importance of peace and commitment for development of North East by the incumbent central government.


SSSC believes that such actions are confidence building measures which will ensure that not only the common people of north east, but even insurgent groups and their members can now think joining the mainstream in the broader objective of peace and development, it stated in a press note.


Further complimenting the role of present interlocutor, R N Ravi, SSSC stated that it reflects his commitment towards stability in the region and standing for people of north east.


Once again, however, it appealed for the GoI to work towards repealing of AFSPA.  ‘The move (peace accord) is a welcome but without repealing AFSPA, it seem that government is not indicating or serious thinking towards permanent peace,” SSSC convener Ravi Nitesh said.


“Repealing AFSPA will be a move of establishing real and ground contacts with people, of touching their hearts and minds in real ways, because this will mean understanding their scenario of everyday abnormality and threat and also about taking action to ensure peace for them” it added.


The SSSC further hoped that the government which has moved from ‘Look East’ to ‘Act East’ will now go ahead with ‘Understanding East.’ “Without understanding issues, actions will not be as fruitful as it would be,” it said.


Despite being on hunger strike since last 15 years, Irom Sharmila has not been able to get importance by government and she is not given even a chance to meet the present prime minister, rued SSSC. “She is a person who is following a non violent and democratic path for her demand to repeal AFSPA… Will it not give a signal that non violence and democratic ways are losing their importance in present regime of India? Government needs to rethink on this fast more seriously and to act immediately in this regard” it added.


ZHRF terms signing ‘light in the end of the tunnel’


Lamka, August 5 (MExN): The Zomi Human Rights Foundation has stated that the “historic accord” to usher in peace and stability signed at New Delhi on August 3 between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM), “is a light in the end of the tunnel for the perturbed North East.”


“The Accord based on mutual trust and respect is a road to a long lasting peace and security in the North East,” a statement from ZHRF Chairman Executive Council Siamzading Valte and Secretary General Suanmoi Guite stated.


The Zomi Human Rights Foundation (ZHRF) expressed its appreciation over the sincerity of the present Government of India for undertaking “this great leap” for an amicable solution and the achievement of Naga Peoples in particularly and other Indigenous Tribals in general in North Eastern Region of India for inking the accord.


“The Naga Collective Leadership had travelled a very long perturbed road down the lines,” ZHRF stated and expressed sincere appreciation for their determination and selflessness by inking the accord. It opined that the signing “is destined to bring about peace and stability not only to the Nagas but also to the entire region.”


Further stating that the Indigenous Tribal Peoples were elated for such an achievement of the Collective Leadership, ZHRF stated that the aged old culture, good values, village administrations, identity and other significant social institutions of the Indigenous Tribal Peoples shall be protected. Rights of the Peoples will be safeguarded and their aspiration will be achieved, it added.


The Foundation, therefore, urged upon the players to sincerely work out the tenets of the Accords for utmost gains and benefits for long lasting Peace and Stability in the Region.