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Naga house united on peace panel

Written by: Staff
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Kohima, Mar 22 (UNI) Cutting across party lines, members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly have decided to form a Joint Consultative Committee for Peace (JCCP).

This was stated by Nagaland Home Minister Thenucho during the question hour yesterday. Mr Thenucho informed the house that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and the leader of Opposition I Imkong had discussed the matter on the floor of the house on Saturday last.

Both the sides agreed that there has to be a joint effort by all political parties to resolve the Naga issue.

Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie has also given his consent to constitute the JCCP, he informed.

The Neiphiu Rio led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government, after coming to power, had constituted a Consultative Committee for Peace (CCP) and a sub-committee.

The Opposition Congress had alleged that these committees failed to bring either peace or reconciliation between the different groups of warring Naga rebel.

Mr Rio maintained that the committee has done well by talking to all the underground factions and working for reconciliation with the help of the NGOs like the Naga Hoho and Naga Mothers' Association.

The Home Minister said the state government was not aware of any suggestions put forward by NGOs and civil societies to the Union government on arriving at a political settlement.

Mr Rio, however, indicated that the problem would not be over with integration and it was the duty of all Nagas to tell the Centre to bring them under a single administrative umbrella.

UNI AS SP AKP1402

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