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GUWAHATI: The Naga People’s Front (NPF), while expressing optimism over the progress of the Naga peace talks, has underlined the need for all rebel groups to come on board the peace process for a lasting and honourable solution to the decades-old issue.
The Opposition party had recently undertaken a trip to New Delhi where it “impressed on the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and the NSCN-IM to come together with the Centre for an honourable solution keeping in mind the interests of the young Naga generation.
Confirming the development, NPF spokesperson, Achumbemo Kikon told The Shillong Times on Sunday that it wanted the Myanmar-based rebel outfit, NSCN-K, along with all other Naga outfits, to come aboard the peace process and join hands for a permanent solution to the vexed Naga issue.
“NPF is confident that all the stakeholders/groups would understand each other and come together. While we know that some groups have varying opinions but since the objective is the same we are hopeful of a breakthrough in regard to a long-lasting and peaceful settlement of the issue,” Kikon said.
Meanwhile, Nagaland Governor and chief interlocutor in talks with the Naga outfits, RN Ravi, has urged the United Naga Council (UNC), Manipur — the apex body of Naga tribes in the neighbouring state — to take effective measures to take the all stakeholders, including the valley people, into confidence and forge a consensus on the need for a settlement.
Ravi met the UNC leaders in Kohima on Friday and briefed them on the current status of the peace talks, including the significant development in regard to the amicable settlement of all contentious issues between the negotiating parties.