Kohima, Feb. 6: A committee of the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) today met a team of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khole-Kitovi) to push forward the ongoing reconciliation process between Naga militant groups.
Sources said the political affairs consultative committee of the alliance led by Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezietsu and state BJP president N. Chuba Ao, met the nine-member team of NSCN (KK) at Naithu resort in Chumukedima near Dimapur to discuss the terms of the reconciliation process.
The talks are being held under the aegis of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation headed by a Baptist clergyman Rev. Wati Aier with support from several Naga and international organisations.
Sources said the DAN teamhad listened to the grievances and suggestions of the outfit and they insisted the outfits should shun violence for proper reconciliation.
The team argued that since the groups have signed peace pacts with the Centre, they could also shun violence among themselves to facilitate the peace process.
The committee will next meet the NSCN (Khaplang), followed by the NSCN (Isak-Muivah), the Naga National Council and the Federal Government of Nagaland.
In another development, the alliance members met at Ao’s residence to clear their misgivings on chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s decision to contest the Lok Sabha election. Sources said the BJP and the JD (U), both constituents of the DAN, want to field their own candidates, as they were unhappy with Rio’s unilateral decision to contest the polls. A BJP delegation led by Ao will meet Liezietsu on Monday to request him to support their candidate, sources said.
The NPF president has said the decision of the search committee, which suggested Rio’s candidature for the Lok Sabha polls, was not final and the party would discuss the issue at a meeting on February 19 here.