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Naga-Assam Dialogue Forum to be constituted

By The Assam Tribune

KOHIMA, May 14 - Civil societies of Nagaland and Assam have jointly resolved to constitute �Naga-Assam Dialogue Forum� for developing a common platform between the two States.

Naga Hoho president P Chuba Ozukum said here today that the need for the platform was felt for a long time and was agreed to in principle after a discussion between civil societies of the two States here yesterday.

It has been resolved that Asam Sahitya Sabha and Naga Hoho would lead the Forum and will comprise of minimum 15 persons each from both bodies. The two apex bodies have also been endorsed to propose the names for the Naga-Assam Dialogue Forum, Chuba said.

The Forum would be working towards fostering better understanding and reviving neighbourly relationship between Nagas and Assamese people with special emphasis on those living along the border areas.

Continuing the process of rebuilding and strengthening the neighbourly relationship, the second round table meet between Assam and Naga civil societies, jointly organised by Asam Sahitya Sabha and Naga Hoho, was held here yesterday.

Addressing the meet last evening, ex-Minister of Nagaland Tiameren Aier expressed concern over the decades- old boundary discord between Assam and Nagaland and questioned the �seriousness of political leaders in solving it by casting aspersions on each other without any achievement till now�.

Calling upon the civil societies of both States to convince their respective governments and people to resolve the issue amicably, he said continuous dialogue through �enhanced cultural exchanges, trade and business and people-to-people contact would help bring an amicable solution to the vexed problem�.

�Unless we stand up together, the governments, both the Centre and States, will continue to have excuses and the problem will remain unresolved,� he said.

Nagaland Parliamentary Secretary for PWD (Housing) Levi Rengma said, �We must remember and also accept the fact that Assamese and Nagas have to live together as neighbours whether we like or not. Hence, it will be in interest of both sides that we start loving and trusting each other.�

�If we, the Assamese and Nagas, keep on looking at the past mistakes and have misunderstanding, we will never progress and our people will suffer and continue to live in poverty,� he said.

Naga Hoho president P Chuba Ozukum said, �If we have goodwill towards each other and unity of purpose, we can definitely overcome the challenges.�

Stressing the need to strengthen the historical ties between the Assamese and the Nagas, Asam Sahitya Sabha president, Drubajyoti Bora said, �We are dealing with Nagas as a whole and not as a particular tribe of Nagas.� � PTI

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Naga-Assam Dialogue Forum to be constituted

KOHIMA, May 14 - Civil societies of Nagaland and Assam have jointly resolved to constitute �Naga-Assam Dialogue Forum� for developing a common platform between the two States.

Naga Hoho president P Chuba Ozukum said here today that the need for the platform was felt for a long time and was agreed to in principle after a discussion between civil societies of the two States here yesterday.

It has been resolved that Asam Sahitya Sabha and Naga Hoho would lead the Forum and will comprise of minimum 15 persons each from both bodies. The two apex bodies have also been endorsed to propose the names for the Naga-Assam Dialogue Forum, Chuba said.

The Forum would be working towards fostering better understanding and reviving neighbourly relationship between Nagas and Assamese people with special emphasis on those living along the border areas.

Continuing the process of rebuilding and strengthening the neighbourly relationship, the second round table meet between Assam and Naga civil societies, jointly organised by Asam Sahitya Sabha and Naga Hoho, was held here yesterday.

Addressing the meet last evening, ex-Minister of Nagaland Tiameren Aier expressed concern over the decades- old boundary discord between Assam and Nagaland and questioned the �seriousness of political leaders in solving it by casting aspersions on each other without any achievement till now�.

Calling upon the civil societies of both States to convince their respective governments and people to resolve the issue amicably, he said continuous dialogue through �enhanced cultural exchanges, trade and business and people-to-people contact would help bring an amicable solution to the vexed problem�.

�Unless we stand up together, the governments, both the Centre and States, will continue to have excuses and the problem will remain unresolved,� he said.

Nagaland Parliamentary Secretary for PWD (Housing) Levi Rengma said, �We must remember and also accept the fact that Assamese and Nagas have to live together as neighbours whether we like or not. Hence, it will be in interest of both sides that we start loving and trusting each other.�

�If we, the Assamese and Nagas, keep on looking at the past mistakes and have misunderstanding, we will never progress and our people will suffer and continue to live in poverty,� he said.

Naga Hoho president P Chuba Ozukum said, �If we have goodwill towards each other and unity of purpose, we can definitely overcome the challenges.�

Stressing the need to strengthen the historical ties between the Assamese and the Nagas, Asam Sahitya Sabha president, Drubajyoti Bora said, �We are dealing with Nagas as a whole and not as a particular tribe of Nagas.� � PTI