By Oken Jeet Sandham
KOHIMA, May 14 (NEPS): The Naga people in more than 100 prayer centers across the Nagaland State have been praying for 3 days to make the proposed high level meeting of the Naga political groups—NSCN/GPRN, GPRN/NSCN and FGN—a success. A special prayer as part of these mass prayers would also be held here at “Sisa Hoho” wherein leaders of the Naga political groups had been requested to attend without fail, Neingulo Krome, member of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) told NEPS here Saturday.
The FNR member narrated sequence of not holding the much waited “highest level reconciliation meet” ever since the same could not take place in the month of March this year. He said the “highest level reconciliation meet” failed to take off after Chairman of the GPRN/NSCN SS Khaplang could not come due to the spurt of factional clashes in the eastern Naga areas. “Yet low profile activities among the groups with FNR members kept going,” the FNR member added.
In the meantime, FNR members had series of meetings with GPRN/NSCN Ato Kilonser N Kitovi Zhimomi and Gen Kholie to speed up the process of holding the “highest level reconciliation meet” by bringing their Chairman (Khaplang). “They assured us to bring him (Khaplang) for the highest level meeting as early as possible,” he added.
To strengthen their pursuit, the Naga people in more than 100 prayer centers across the State had been praying for three days with a special one here at Sisa Hoho with leaders of different Naga underground groups requested to attend it, Krome disclosed.
He also disclosed that FNR convener Rev Wati Aier already had conversed with Khaplang and the latter expressed his keen to attend the highest level meet as and when the situation warranted for him to traverse. “So we are seriously working as to how this program would be materialized soon,” he added.
Asked what would be the next step after such highest level meet, Krome said, “It depends on the outcome of the meet.” “Our objective is reconciliation should take place and it should be a continuous process,” he pointed out. “But we leave the matter to the leaders of the Naga political groups as to how they would go about after such highest level meet.”
Any idea to trickle down to other neighboring areas of their reconciliation experience, Krome said, “Reconciliation is for every human being.” As of now their focus was on the infighting Naga political groups, he added.
Asked about State Government’s response towards their initiatives, the FNR member stated they were not “negative” but they could do more than that.
On DAN Government’s “facilitating role,” Krome said they knew what they could do. “I only hope political will should be there in the State Government,” he felt.
Commenting on the remarks made by NSCN/GPRN collective leadership Th Muivah and Isak Chishi Swu that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was sincere towards finding solution to the Naga issue, Krome felt that the duo must have calculated to give such “remarks” on the basis of this whole year’s peace process. So they meant what they said, he said.
Krome also did not buy the idea of the Government of India that the settlement of the Naga issue would be found by the end of the year. “I don’t know how they come to that far,” he stated. “That will be only their understanding.”
Such statement was in way good but on the other hand it had surprised the other group (GPRN/NSCN) as they were yet to get involved in the process, he explained.
When asked if one group could bring settlement to Naga issue, the FNR member pointed out that the main point was they should reconcile and have common approach with collective understanding and mutual trust.
He also said they were happy that the Government of India had realized that by keeping the issue in abeyance in cauldron, it only multiplied problems. So some kind of solution should be hammered out but they still appeared to be lacking courage to do so, he added.