Kohima, Dec. 13: Former state Congress president K.V. Pusa today said the talks between the Centre and the NSCN (I-M) were on the right track, but warned that certain forces would try to sabotage the process.
While inaugurated the newly built Government Middle School building, Pusa said the Centre and the Naga council were committed and sincere about resolving the 60-year-old Naga political problem. He also urged people to extend their co-operation in hammering out a solution, which would be honourable and acceptable to all sections of Naga society.
But the Congress leader cautioned people to beware of forces, which would try to sabotage the “hard earned” peace process.
He said the Centre and NSCN (I-M) were honest and committed to the cause and people should not create any space, which will give an opportunity to harmful and divisive forces.
Currently, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) — supported by Naga legislators, NGOs and the church — is engaged in a dialogue with the Centre to solve the Naga political problem.
Pusa called for unity of all sections of people, which he said was the longing of the people. He said the coming together of all 60 Naga legislators demonstrated their seriousness towards resolving the Naga political issue.
He urged people to follow the example set by the legislators and come together for a common cause.
When 60 legislators, across party lines, could come together to facilitate the peace process and pave the way for the solution, there was no reason for other Nagas not to come together and reason together for a solution, he said.
On the formation of the Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on the Naga peace process, Pusa said the forum was a common entity and that no one should claim as it as theirs.
The JLF that was to meet today was cancelled after the Opposition Congress informed the Speaker’s office of its inability to attend the meeting.
The Congress’s argument was that all 60 members should resign to pave the way for the solution, but the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) said it would not quit the Assembly till a solution is reached. The government and the Opposition are already at loggerheads over the issue with deep mistrust between them. The Congress said it would be pointless to resign after the solution is hammered out.