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MLA forum biased: NNC

Kohima, Oct. 18: The Naga National Council (NNC) today severely criticised the Joint Legislators’ Forum, which left for Delhi on Sunday in an effort to find a solution to the Naga political problem.

The NNC said the forum would not succeed because of their biased and one-sided approach.

At present, 20 members of the forum are camping in New Delhi and meeting leaders in an effort to fast-track the peace process between the Centre and the NSCN (Isak-Muivah).

The Forum has decided to pave the way for a solution, which would be honourable and acceptable to the people.

A statement issued by NNC acting president Z. Royim Yimchungru on the 60th anniversary of Naga National Martyrs’ Day today, stated that politicians speak about inclusiveness and reaching out to all Naga groups, but in reality their approach was just the opposite.

Royim said the Forum would fail just like the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR).The FNR — which is headed by Baptist clergyman Rev. Wati Aier and is supported by several organisations worldwide, including the state government, — has been trying to broker peace between Naga rebel groups.

“The NNC must say that the biggest question is who will really and honestly bring all Naga political groups together in reality for a final settlement,” Royim said.

He said Delhi must remember that a solution with only one group will not bring permanent settlement, but will only result in more conflicts.

The NNC also questioned the Nagaland Baptist Church Council’s (NBCC) role in supporting the Assembly elections. The outfit said the NBCC’s “clean election” campaign was irrelevant as the Naga political issue was dragging on for many decades.

“That the NBCC and its branches are so concerned about Indian elections in the state to be held next year is disgraceful,” Royim said. He asked the NBCC to be more concerned about the Naga political issue rather than worrying about the elections. He urged all Naga groups to come together for a final settlement with the Centre.

The NNC also accused the Centre of using a divide and rule policy to destroy Naga national politics. He urged groups and factions to stop killing each other and together pursue a solution with the Centre.

He said factional feud was destroying the Naga society.