TT Epaper
The Telegraph
 
IN TODAY'S PAPER
WEEKLY FEATURES
CITIES AND REGIONS
ARCHIVES
Since 1st March, 1999
 
THE TELEGRAPH
 
 
CIMA Gallary

Naga Hoho backs peace talks

- NSCN-IM holds meetings with several organisations

Kohima, Oct. 30: Naga Hoho, the apex Naga organisation, today supported the impending Naga solution between the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), which would be known as “pan-Naga Hoho” (Naga Parliament).

After a closed-door meeting today with the two Naga leaders at the NSCN council headquarters, about 35km from Dimapur, Naga Hoho president Kevilietou Kiewhuo said the meeting was fruitful.

He, however, did not divulge details of the crucial meeting with the two leaders.

Asked whether the apex Naga organisation was satisfied with the ongoing negotiation, Kiewhuo answered in the affirmative.

The Hoho president said people should keep the ground reality in mind and not expect something that is impossible from the Centre at this juncture.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this year had categorically told Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio that “what is possible would be possible even after 100 years but what is not possible would not be possible even after 100 years”.

Rio had quoted Singh as having said Nagas should be reasonable in their approach towards clamouring for a solution to the decades-old Naga political problem.

On the reported inking of the interim agreement between the Centre and the NSCN (I-M), the Hoho leader ruled out such an agreement, adding that there was never one. He indicated that any agreement would be final and not interim.

However, NSCN (I-M) insiders had claimed that they were heading for an interim agreement. The Centre and the NSCN (I-M) were opting for a pan-Naga Hoho solution, which would encompass all contiguous Naga areas.

Muivah said the ball is now in New Delhi’s court but kept from disclosing the progress of the negotiations so far. Kiewhuo said Swu and Muivah had separate closed-door meetings with leading Naga organisations in an effort to reach a consensus before signing an accord.

The leaders also had a separate meeting with members of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), which covers four districts — Mon, Kiphire, Longleng and Tuensang.

The organisation currently has severed all ties with other Naga organisations and is demanding a separate “Frontier Nagaland”. It, however, said would welcome any solution to the Naga situation.

“We will welcome any solution. We have no problems with anybody,” ENPO president P. Pongom Khiamniungan said.

Swu and Muivah have not invited Naga Mothers’ Association in today’s meetings.

While they were engaged in hectic consultations with the Naga people, the Khaplang faction of the NSCN today reiterated its stand for sovereignty.

·