DIMAPUR, May 4 � The Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) organised a five-day reconciliation meeting in Kolkata from April 29 to May 3 with the intent to engage and explore creative ways to fulfill the Lenten Agreement among the leaders of the signatory groups.
The meet attended by NSCN-IM, NNC/FGN and NSCN-Khole/Kitovi groups was in pursuit of realisation of the Lenten Agreement signed on March 28, 2014 in Dimapur, the main aim of which has been the formation of a single Naga underground government or group called Naga National Government (NNG).
The FNR facilitated a series of formal and informal meetings among the leaders of the Lenten Agreement signatory groups. The three Naga underground groups agreed to have a closed door meeting among the top leadership. Subsequently, a five-day reconciliation meeting was organised in Kolkata from April 29 to May 3 with the intent to engage and explore creative ways to fulfil the Lenten Agreement.
The top leadership of NSCN-Khole/Kitovi was represented by Khole Konyak and N Kitovi Zhimomi; NNC/FGN leaders by Zhopra Vero, and Zaleo Sapu.
FGN President, Brig S Singnya was unable to attend the meeting due to ill-health. Furthermore, the travel of NSCN-IM leaders Isak Chishi Swu and Th Muivah to Kolkata was not cleared by the Government of India, and hence, they were unable to attend the meet. In their absence, they were represented by VS Atem, Khevihe Chishi Swu and TT Among.
According to the FNR, in the course of the five-day meeting, the three Naga political groups expressed the necessity of Naga reconciliation as a means to a shared future and extended their willingness to work for it till it is achieved. As part of the confidence building measures, the representatives identified positive and negative aspects of the process and specified key steps on how the Naga reconciliation can be further reinforced.
�The representatives through a process of envisioning shared their vision for the Naga people and expressed desire to engage in more confidence building measures as a way of thrashing out difficult issues in the interest of the shared Naga future,� the FNR said.
�While appreciating the Government of India for their cooperation to Naga reconciliation, the FNR is concerned by this recent attitude, thereby raising questions of doubt and insincerity,� it added.
�The FNR urges Nagas, our neighbours and the Government of India to have more understanding and extend even moral support to the process. The realisation of Naga reconciliation is in the interest of all those who desire justice, peace and reconciliation in the region,� the FNR said.