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Friday , July 31 , 2015

'Security nod' to NGO team

Guwahati/Kohima, July 30: The ministry of home affairs has "assured" security clearance to the NGOs' team that will visit Myanmar to impress upon NSCN (K) chairman S.S. Khaplang to resume the abrogated peace process with Delhi.

Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang revealed this to The Telegraph today.

"I met Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi yesterday to seek clearance for the Naga delegation that will visit Myanmar to meet Khaplang. He (Singh) has assured security clearance will be accorded," Zeliang said.

The delegation will comprise 16 members from the Naga Hoho and Eastern Naga Peoples' Organisation (ENPO). "No date has been proposed for the visit and the 16-member delegation will have no minister or MLA in the team," Zeliang said.

Zeliang had also met Singh on June 1 and briefed him about the law and order issues since NSCN (K) abrogated the ceasefire with the Centre.

On July 7, the Parliamentary Working Committee of the Nagaland Legislators' Forum on Naga Political Issue decided to "request" the Naga Hoho and the ENPO to go and meet Khaplang and convey "the desire" of the committee "as well as of the state government and the people of Nagaland" for resumption of ceasefire between the outfit and the Centre.

The Parliamentary Working Committee of Nagaland Legislators' Forum (NLF) on Naga political issue will have a consultative meeting with Naga organisations tomorrow at Jotsoma, some 5km from Kohima. The meeting assumes significance at a time when the Naga peace process has reached a crucial phase.

The working committee, led by Speaker Chotisuh Sazo, comprises lawmakers from all political parties and Independents. Chief minister T.R. Zeliang, Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio and Rajya Sabha MP Khekiho Zhimomi are also members.

The committee has invited five representatives each from all Naga organisations of Nagaland to deliberate on the impending solution to the decades-old Indo-Naga political problem.

The objective of the consultative meeting was to reach a consensus before any solution was offered to the people. But going by all indications, there were differences of opinions about it. Even in the recently concluded state Assembly, the two-day marathon discussion on the Naga issue could not reach a consensus as one group wanted solution first and unity second, the other group insisted that unity should come first.

Some members were also sceptical about the solution, as it may not be honourable and acceptable to all sections of the Naga people. The Centre had said this time the solution would be inclusive, which the Naga people have been demanding.

Tomorrow's closed-door meeting would be crucial as it would depend on how the chief minister and Speaker could convince the NGOs to accept the solution, which would be short of total sovereignty.

The Centre's interlocutor R.N. Ravi was expected to visit the state and meet Naga organisations and militant groups before signing of any agreement.

Naga NGOs and lawmakers have been insisting on making the charter of demands of the NSCN (I-M) public but a senior kilonser (minister) of "Government of the People's Republic of Nagalim" (GPRN) told The Telegraph that there was no as such charter but "political proposals" to the Centre.

The agreement would have "pan-Naga" solution, focusing on economic development of Naga-inhabited areas of Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

Delhi and the NSCN (I-M) are expected to sign a preamble to the solution anytime.

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