NEDF`s memo bats for transparent peace process

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IMPHAL, September 10: Urging to make any accord/pact/framework for peace transparent by putting the same in the public domain and be engaged in dialogue and wider consultation with a wider constituency and all stakeholders, the North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF) submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

The memorandum stated that NEDF welcomes any peace initiative undertaken for restoring peace and normalcy and peace accords or peace pacts or framework toward lasting peace agreed upon between Government and one or more groups.

Since peace concerns and impacts other stakeholders of a larger homogeneous community in a State or more in the North East region, there is a need to make such accords/pacts/framework for peace transparent. Only then, peace can become realistic and workable at grass root level and all will put their heads and hearts together to promote and maintain peace at all cost, it said.

It is estranged to the people of North East and in particular Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh about the peace process which is in negotiation without a white paper since 1997 and before and after this year. Therefore, it is the dilemma for the people in this region to effectively contribute to the official peace negotiation. Government of India should be honest and sincere in its approach for long lasting peace in the region not piece meal approach, it mentioned.

Calling upon all the concerned in official peace negotiation to make the peace process transparent and keep space for people to take part in the process, the memorandum expressed fear that violent among or between ethnic communities may occur which is part of the ethnic clinching and crime against humanity.

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