Dimapur, August5 (MExN): The Working Committee (WC), Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) on August 5 extended overtures to the Nyemlang-led NSCN (K) to join the Indo-Naga peace talks “as an equal partner.”
While expressing regret over the reported rift within the Myanmar-based NSCN (K), N Kitovi Zhimomi, Convenor of the WC, NNPGs said that “divisions do not help our cause in any manner yet, we are aware that the ways of Almighty God is beyond human comprehension.”
“WC is very clear that our homeland extends to Myanmar and other states in India,” he maintained.
“We pray that our Naga brethren, civil societies and comrades in Myanmar led by Mr. Yung Aung would, perhaps, look at the latest upheaval as an opportunity to reassess our common objective with rational steps, understanding emerging geo-political stratagem of other nations in South East Asia,” Kitovi said.
“The dream and vision of past Naga leaders must be kept alive through concrete political steps in Naga homeland both in India and Myanmar. On this basis, we are negotiating with the GOI,” the WC Convenor added.
He also highlighted after more than fifty rounds of political negotiations, WC, NNPGs believes there is a clear desire and commitment on the part of Government of India to resolve the lndo-Naga political conflict.
The historic "Agreed Position/Preamble" was signed between Govemment of India (GoI) and WC, NNPGs, comprising of seven Naga armed groups on November 17, 2017 at New Delhi, he pointed out.
“For the first time since the verbal assurance of Mahatma Gandhi, on the political right of Nagas, to NNC leaders at Bhangi Colony, New Delhi in 1946,” the GOI and WC, NNPGs' signed document recognised the political and historical rights of the Nagas, he added.
"... the GOI recognises the political and historical rights of the Nagas to self determine their future in consonance with their distinct identity...the two entities agreed to work out the details of a relationship that is honourable, enduring and an inclusive peaceful co-existence with due regard to contemporary political realities..."
While stating that Naga citizens at large are prepared for a political settlement, the WC, NNPGs said that they have negotiated on all critical issues, including Naga interest in Myanmar and movement to and from the so-called international border.
Adding that the ‘adversaries’ may be rejoicing at the ‘unfortunate differences and division’, the WC, NNPGs said that they must take it as a fresh pathway, “steering all of us towards a common destination.”
“WC, NNPGs would be glad to welcome you as an equal partner in our effort to conclude a negotiated settlement with the GOI,” the Convenor wrote.