NTIMES 1Mar: Resolutions made during the Naga Reconciliation Meeting
The Naga Reconciliation Meeting, called by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation and supported by the signatories of the “Covenant of Reconciliation”, the “Naga Concordant”, churches, Naga peoples and its tribe organizations, women organizations, student bodies, youth organizations, the Dubashis and the Gaon Buras and village leaders on February 29, 2012, at Dimapur, Nagaland, resolves the following:
Resolution 1: ADMITS a long history of Naga conflict that has broken relationships, robbed identities, stripped dignity, and inflicted deep and inexpressible pain to the Naga people.
CONFESSES our own sinful silence and deeply regrettable history of implicit and complicit involvement leading to deepening divisions and suspicions.
ACKNOWLEDGES AND APPRECIATES those who have already publicly and formally apologized and sought forgiveness from each other and repented for their and their government’s involvement in these bitter conflicts.
APPLAUDS those who have walked the Journey of Common Hope and stand for Naga Reconciliation. Although often left nameless, their story is truly powerful.
INVITES as always, all Naga national political groups to the Naga Reconciliation: A Journey of Common Hope, for a shared future. Naga Reconciliation will not be complete if all groups do not respond to the call for reconciliation.
CALLS on all Nagas and their neighbors to stand against pervasive elements, support endeavors to eradicate it, and responsibly take steps to create a common humanity.
WE RESOLVE to prayerfully join hands together and walk the path of Naga Reconciliation.
Resolution 2:MAINTAIN ongoing concern about the armed conflicts and other human rights violation in Naga areas and for this the Naga people express abhorrence.
CALLS upon all armed confrontations to cease with immediate effect, from this day February 29, 2012, and to decisively take steps towards Naga reconciliation.
ENCOURAGES all Naga Church, civil organizations and the public to pursue its course to ensure cessation of armed confrontation among the Naga groups.
Resolution 3:ACKNOWEDGES the monumental role of the Naga National Council (NNC) and its contribution under the presidencies of Mr. T Aliba Imti, Mr. Mhondamo Kithan, Mr. Visar Angami and Dr. AZ Phizo, for upholding the historical and political rights of the Nagas and their lands.
RECORDS the commitment and contribution of other Naga national political groups and their leaders –Mr. SS Khaplang, Gen (Retd) Khole Konyak, and Brig (Retd) S Singnya, in safeguarding the historical and political rights of the Naga people and their lands.
RECOGNIZES that sovereignty of the Naga people is at the core of the uniqueness of the Naga historical and political rights. This right was officially validated by the Government of India when it recognized the “Unique History and Situation of the Nagas” in Amsterdam on July 11, 2002. While acknowledging and putting into record the achievement of Mr. Isak Chishi Swu and Mr. Th Muivah for securing this recognition from the Government of India, this right belongs to the Nagas.
AFFIRMS that Nagas are a sovereign people who uphold the principle that sovereignty lies with the people and hence abide by the concept that the will of the people is supreme.
EMPHASIZES that the historical and political rights of the Naga should form the basis of any political solution. Founded on this premise, any negotiation process must focus on how Nagas can determine, safeguard and exercise their historical and political rights in a contemporary and inter-related world.
THEREFORE CALLS upon all Naga national political groups and the people henceforth, to jointly pursue this common cause of realizing and determining our Naga historical and political rights.
Resolution 4:OFFER sincere thanks to the NBCC, other Church bodies, the Naga Hoho, ENPO, tribe Hohos, GB’s and DB’s and all other women, students, village organizations for their tireless support to the Naga Reconciliation process.
EXPRESSES sincere gratitude to the concerned Nagaland State Government for logistic support for the cause of peace and reconciliation.
GIVES THANKS to all the people living in Naga areas and our neighbors in supporting Just Peace and Reconciliation in the land.
APPRECIATES the GOI for its commitment to solve the Indo-Naga political matter without further delay through the path of non-violence.
Recommendation:EXPRESSES concern for the next step in the Journey of Common Hope and therefore, the FNR recognizes the urgency of all Naga national political groups and the people to render support to the Naga reconciliation process. In that spirit, we therefore recommend as a matter of urgency the formation of a new expert body to consult, provide and ensure all intellectual, spiritual, logistic and technical expertise necessary towards the next step of the Journey of Common Hope for a shared common future in all urgency and concern.
IMPLORES upon all Naga groups to join “Naga Reconciliation: A Journey of Common Hope” and to ensure that the reconciliation process become truly inclusive and liberative in its implementation.
Forum for Naga ReconciliationFebruary 29, 2012