Rival factions of Nagaland end hostilities

Kohima, Sep.21 (ANI): Top leaders of the three rival factions operating in Nagaland have agreed to forget the differences and hostility amongst them.

The leaders belonging to National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah or NSCN (IM), NSCN(K) and Naga National Council (NNC), have decided to work unitedly.

For first time in 30 years of conflict, the three leaders of National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah or NSCN (IM) led by its General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, NSCN(K) by led its "Ato kilonsers" (Prime Minister) N Kitovi Zhimomi and Naga National Council (NNC) under its "Kedaghe" (President) 'Brig (retd)' S Singnya, decided to come under one roof.

The meeting was initiated by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) on September 18 at Dimapur, Nagaland.

The FNR termed the September meeting as a "priceless gift" to the Naga people from the leaders of the NSCN (I-M), GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN faction groups.

According to FNR, "the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation would be engaged in working out their differences in the coming days" and further called upon all to render their fullest support.

"The Forum exists only for reconciliation among the various rival groups," stated Rev Dr. Aier, Convenor FNR.

Rev Dr. Aier further stated that the FNR was not a political body and some issues of reconciliation process were political in nature.

He opined that there were certain disputes that are political in character, which might disrupt the process.

"The issue of territorial expansion would be discussed from time to time by the Joint Working Group (JWG)," a statement issued by the FNR here in Dimapur said.

The joing working group would consists of one person in the rank of colonel and above from each group and would work to maintain direct contact to avoid scuffle among the various factions and to maintain a peace-line. (ANI)

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