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Peace process – Concern Naga elders appeal



Dimapur, February 9 (MExN): The Concerned Naga Senior Citizens has written to the Governor of Nagaland to personally facilitate removal of “differences” revolving around the ceasefire between the Government of India and the NSCNs.
In a memorandum addressed to the Governor, the Naga elders’ forum raised a number of issues that the citizens implied could hinder the entire cycle of dialogue and discredit the ongoing Indo-Naga political process. The signatories include TA Ngullie, former Minister, Rev Dr JH Thumra, former Principal ETC, Jorhat, Bendangangshi, ex-MLA, Rev L. Bizo, President Council of Naga Baptist Churches, NA Kasar, retired senior administrative officer, Rev L. Suohie Mhasi, ex-MLA and Rev Dr Sumpi John, Lecturer International Theological College, Dimapur.      
According to the Concerned Naga Senior Citizens the current peace process between the ‘government of India and the NSCN’ has “become at stake” with the former “adopting rhetoric attitude after fourteen long years of peace talks on the three agreed conditions.” The three conditions were that the dialogue would be “without Pre-Condition, At the highest  level and Outside India, followed by recognizing the Unique History and Situation of the Nagas on July 11 2002 Amsterdam Joint Communique”.
However, the letter to the Governor said, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India and to further facilitate the peace process, the collective leadership of the NSCN came to India for political dialogue and several round of talks already held with the Indian leaders. “Keeping this fact in view the Nagas are anxiously looking forward for an early honorable final solution acceptable to both sides. But to the utter surprise to  the  Nagas and also to  the whole world the GoI has of late  taken a ‘U’ turn from all their past commitments by  restricting free movement to the collective leaderships of NSCN, in the Naga inhabited areas, most  particularly in the recent past when the Chairman Isak Chishi Swu and the General Secretary Th Muivah were stopped along with their entire entourage by the Indian Security forces on their way to visit at Zunheboto where people of that region have enthusiastically made all necessary arrangements for receiving their beloved leaders.
Their “aspiration was badly trampled by the Indian security forces for the reason best known to GoI,” the letter said. “Such provocative action on the part of the GoI has deeply hurt to the sentiment of peace loving Nagas being an act of insultation (sic) to the Naga people as a whole.”
The citizens said preventing leaders of any political stature are restricted from meeting their own people for person to person contact is “very impertinent” hence, such restrictions imposed on the Naga political leaders are “irrationale, uncalled for, unacceptable and on the top of it in violation to the agreed commitments of the GoI.”
A number of other restrictions the letter mention was prohibition of movement and their bodyguards with arms, limitation of the number of vehicles escorting the leaders to be not more than twenty; prohibition from making public speeches and “stringent security measures escalated against them by way of carrying out random house raidings in the residences of senior cadres which is violation to cease fire ground rules and  also unprecedented frisking  being carried out by the Assam Rifles personnel at all entry point  to the designated  Hebron camp  has caused a great inconvenience including  the civilians living within the vicinity of that area  which is another violation  to the cease fire ground rules.” The highhandedness and “provocative activities” are not “conducive in solving one of the longest political movements in the world,” the letter to the governor said.                                                                                    
“In conclusion, we being the most concerned Naga senior citizens beg Your Excellency to look into the matter personally and to resolve the differences by respecting each others’ right based on the agreed condition mentioned in para-1 above so that peaceful situation is restored in our land through Your Excellency’s good offices being the Constitutional head of the state and for this act of kindness we shall ever remain grateful to Your Excellency.”

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