Guwahati: The representatives of more than 14 tribal groups, who recently met Working Committee of Naga National Police Groups (NNPGs), have also met the leadership of NSCN(I-M) at Camp Hebron and pleaded that all the groups should sign the peace agreement with the government of India on crucial substantive issues that have already been negotiated and agreed upon with Naga negotiators. The NSCN(I-M) chairman Qhehezu Tuccu and vice-chairman Tongmeth Wangnao chaired the consultation with the tribal groups and other stakeholders.
However, NSCN(I-M), which has concluded the consultation with the stakeholders, various tribal groups, are yet to react on opinion of the civil society groups mounting pressure for an early solution to the Naga talks.
Pointing out that powerful tribal groups are not happy with the deadlock kind of situation at this stage in the ongoing peace-process, the NNPGs media cell said that the tribal groups are of view that Nagas must take what was possible at this hour, which is honorable and acceptable.
Referring that symbolic issues that remain unresolved can be pursued through continuous, consistent democratic and political process, they said that that the aspiration of the Naga people must be fully met in due course of time.
It is significant that NSCN (I-M) and some groups of NNPGs have been insisting on separate flag and constitution for Nagaland, which have already been turned down by the government of India.
The media cell of the NNPGs Working Committee, which also had consultation meeting with 14 tribal groups on September 15 in Dimapur, stated that practical and positive progress of the negotiations, which would safeguard and protect the distinct identity of the Naga people and land beyond the present state of Nagaland, was briefed to the tribal leaders present.
The 14 tribal groups pleaded NNPGs to strive for peace and unity since violence and bloodshed had taken enough Naga lives.
Stating that Naga generations were in peril and face uncertain future, they, therefore, asserted that negotiations must reach a practical, pragmatic and logical conclusion.