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'Pact without Nagas' consent will result in bloodshed'

Source: PTI
March 23, 2010 03:21 IST
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A political agreement by any group with the Centre to resolve the protracted Naga problem without the consent of the people would "only lead to more bloodshed among Nagas", the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang has said.

"An agreement entered by any group with the government of India to resolve the vexed political conflict without the consent of Naga people would only result in more bloodshed and fratricidal killings," NSCN-K 'chairman' S S Khaplang said on Sunday.

In a speech read out at a function near Dimapur, Khaplang insisted that Nagas cannot afford to be victims of another Shillong Accord of 1975 (which led to formation of NSCN and subsequent turmoil leaving deaths and destruction).

"Shillong Accord did not only become a thorn to the Naga political struggle but also led to bloodbath," Khaplang asserted in his speech read out at the celebration of the group's "30th republic day" at its Khehoi designated camp near Dimapur.

He acknowledged the role of Forum for Naga Re-conciliation (FNR) and other Naga civil society groups in carrying forward the campaign for peace, unity and reconciliation among Naga underground groups.

Appreciating the "responsibility" of NSCN-IM 'chairman' Isak Chishi Swu for signing the "covenant of Reconciliation" last year at Chiang Mai in Thailand, Khaplang also acknowledged the "commitment" of the joint working group of the three underground groups - NNC/FGN and two factions of NSCN - to carry forward the task of Naga reconciliation and unity.

NSCN-K general secretary Kitovi Zhimomi had also exuded confidence that the reconciliation effort of the FNR would bear fruits sooner or later.

Speaking to newsmen on the sidelines of the celebration, Kitovi had yesterday said FNR was tirelessly working on its campaign, "Journey of Common Hope" to bring about understanding, peace and re-conciliation among the deeply divided Naga underground groups and called upon the people to fully back the initiative.

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