The President of India said this while inaugurating the Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, near Kohima today.
Ram Nath Kovind expressed hope and confidence that “a final agreement – one that is fair to all and meets the expectations and aspirations of all – will be reached soon”.
Also speaking on the occasion, Nagaland Chief Minister, TR Zeliang appealed the President of India to carry forward his message to the Government of India for the imperative need to resolve the protracted Naga political problem before the ensuing Nagaland State assembly elections.
“The sad reality is that the vexed Naga political issue remains unresolved till today. And for far too long, the full potential and growth of the state has been impeded by the unresolved issue of the Naga political struggle. We all feel this state of affairs should not be allowed to continue as it not only hampers the normal avocations of peaceful citizens, but also stands in the way of every aspect of progressive growth. As a multi-tribal society, it is a fact that we face many challenges but when it comes to the resolution of the seven decades old Naga political issue, the people’s voice is for an inclusive, honourable and acceptable solution,” TR Zeliang said.
TR Zeliang said that Nagas already witnessed 20 long years of the peace process and another 2 years after signing of the Framework Agreement. The Government of India and NSCN(IM) have been in dialogue for a very long time and today the six Naga National Politica Groups (NNPGs) have also entered into a dialogue with the Government of India, he added.
“Here, we duly acknowledge the pro-active role played by the tribal hohos, the civil societies and different NGOs in their efforts to bring the different political groups together. The fact that different factions and armed groups have now come together seeking a solution is truly very encouraging. We therefore, consider this to be the most opportune time for the Nagas and the Government of India to resolve the seven decades old Naga political issue once and for all”, the Nagaland Chief Minister said.
He then said that as the 21st century world advances rapidly into the next millennia, “our people will not want to be left behind but be proud partners in the march ahead with times”. This dream, however, can never be fulfilled without permanent peace in the land. “I, therefore, appeal to your high office to carry forward this message to the Government of India for the imperative need to resolve the protracted Naga political problem before the ensuing State assembly elections”.
Source: Imphal Free Press