Kohima, Dec 26 (UNI) The outgoing year was significant for Nagaland as remarkable efforts were made towards establishing a lasting peace in the state, which has been witnessing recurring violence for the past several years.
After years of yearning for peace and unity by the Naga people, the Joint Forum of Nagaland Gaon Burah Federation (GBs) and Do-Bhashis Association (DBs) were able to bring together all the underground organisations, which included the NSCN-IM (Kilonser Yanger Pongen), NSCN (K) (Kilonser R M Lotha), Naga National Council (NNC) (General Secretary Vizosielhou Nagi) and NSCN Unification Core Committee (Maj A Chuba Ao).
A four-point resolution was jointly signed by these organisations which called for putting an end to the atrocities against the Nagas, to create a peaceful atmosphere, to pursue peace and unity among all the different groups of Nagas and extension of inter-factional ceasefire for a further period of six months at Kohima on December 7.
The year also witnessed the first Indo-Naga talks in the soil of Nagaland (Dimapur) on July 30, which also extended the ceasefire between the Indian Government and the NSCN-IM for an indefinite period from August 1, 2007.
A significant development was the coming together of cadres of both NSCN factions towards a broad-based unification of all underground groups in the name of NSCN Unification Core Committee, which has been the cry of the Naga people for decades.