DIMAPUR, Sept 7 - Marking the signing of ceasefire agreement between Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) and Government of India, the �51st Indo-Naga Ceasefire Day�, also known as the Peace Day, was observed at Chedema Peace Camp on September 6. The day was observed under the initiative of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC).
Recollecting the historic day of September 6, 1964, Peace Committee member and former NBCC peace director Rev L Kari Longchar said after the long-awaited ceasefire was declared, people swarmed to the main street with praises, singing and shouting slogans.
He said the NBCC played a vital role by becoming the fearless voice in the wilderness of sufferings, military brutality, violence and bloodshed. �The formation of the Peace Mission was the evident position of the Church which insisted that a military solution was not the answer to the Naga political issues and the struggle for their human dignity,� he said.
In order to break the culture of violence into culture of peace, he said, it requires hard work, commitment and careful attention to community reconciliation and peace-building.
While welcoming the Peace Accord signed between Centre and NSCN-IM, he called upon the Naga people to pray and hope that this breakthrough would usher in a new era of love, joy, peace, forgiveness, healing, reconciliation and justice for all.