IMPHAL, May 21: The Forum for Naga Reconciliation has expressed disappointment with the NSCN/GPRN (IM)’s decision to abstain from attending its proposed ‘Highest level Meeting of Naga Leaders’ in the last week of May at Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A press statement of the FNR has stated that the meeting was agreed during a Naga Reconciliation meeting held on February 29.
It has further continued, “It was most disheartening to hear only through the media that the NSCN/GPRN (Isak and Muivah) has decided to abstain from attending this meeting”.
“While recognizing the difficulties that have prompted them to take such a step, it is pertinent for FNR to remind all Naga national political groups that it is precisely because of such differences and misunderstandings that they need to stay in relationship through face to face meetings and discussions with each other”.
“The FNR, therefore, appeals to all the Naga national political groups to honor their assurance of Naga leaders at the highest levels to meet by taking this opportunity to hammer out all differences for the common interest and good of all Naga people”.
Further assuring that the meeting will create the space to constructively address all recent misunderstandings that have been expressed through the media, the statement said, making statements from a distance will only widen the gulf, creating more confusion and heightening tensions.