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Naga Hoho Meets PM Modi on Naga Political Issue

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal/13 June/2015: A six member delegation of the Naga Hoho led by president P Chuba Ozukum and general secretary Mutsikhoyo Yhobu met the Prime Minister Modi in New Delhi on Friday and pressed for early permanent settlement of the Indo-Naga political issue. A memorandum submitted by the apex Naga civil body appealed to the Prime Minister that the fulfillment of the final political settlement should recognize and bring the Naga identity as one people under single administrative governance.
The Hoho, in the memorandum, also pointed out that now is the “right opportune moment for arriving at the honorable settlement”’ which would be a “historic moment for the nation and for the Nagas in particular.” It recalled that the ceasefire agreement with the NSCN (IM) in 1997 and likewise with the other factions had created peaceful atmosphere to enable negotiation for a solution to the problem.

However, the Hoho feared that the Nagas are getting disillusioned with the process due to inordinate delay in the ritual of negotiation during the last seventeen year without any tangible outcome. The Hoho also expressed “disapproval over the recent ceasefire abrogation with the NSCN (K) resulting into vitiating the generally peaceful atmosphere within Nagaland and Naga inhabited area.” It therefore assured that it would support any positive action initiated to restore the peaceful atmosphere in the State and the region.

In response, Prime Minister Modi is reported to have assured the delegation that he and his government was taking the ongoing peace process seriously to bring permanent settlement which would be honourable and acceptable to both India and Nagas. Modi also appealed the Naga people to give full support to his government for early settlement.

The Hoho also appealed the Prime Minister not to withdraw the special status of Nagaland State. It reminded that the Clause eleven (11) agreement between the Government of India and the Naga people convention in 1960 ensures special financial assistance to the State government by the Central Government for meeting the cost of running the State administration.

Source: N E Today

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