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Naga people want to unite, says Rio

By Correspondent

KOHIMA, March 26 � Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said today the DAN Political Affairs Committee, comprising the elected members in the Government and also the allied partners of political group, met all the faction leaders/NGOs/civil societies and came out with a clear and united view that people want to unite and reconcile.

�This is the voice of the Naga people,� affirmed Rio while replying to a supplementary by leader of opposition Tokheho and MLA Sentichuba on the floor of the House in the ongoing Budget session today.

Rio further said the DAN PAC and the people of Nagaland have done a commendable job and has contributed towards a peaceful atmosphere.

Further, replying to a starred question by Tokheho on the progress of Naga political talks, the leader of the House replied that the State Government was not in a position to state the progress of the political talks as the State Government is not a party to the talk between the NSCN-M and Government of India.

The Chief Minister also informed the House about the constitution of Political Affairs Committee of DAN, formation of Joint Parliamentary Committee as facilitators on the Naga political issue with the purpose of working for the unity of the Naga nationalist groups and strengthening the Naga political cause.

Earlier in his Budget speech on March 24, Rio appealed to the Naga nationalist groups to restrain their cadres from armed confrontations and to desist from provocative statements.

Maintaining that Nagas are at a crucial juncture of the political movement, he said �we cannot afford to let this opportunity slip away�.

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Naga people want to unite, says Rio

KOHIMA, March 26 � Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said today the DAN Political Affairs Committee, comprising the elected members in the Government and also the allied partners of political group, met all the faction leaders/NGOs/civil societies and came out with a clear and united view that people want to unite and reconcile.

�This is the voice of the Naga people,� affirmed Rio while replying to a supplementary by leader of opposition Tokheho and MLA Sentichuba on the floor of the House in the ongoing Budget session today.

Rio further said the DAN PAC and the people of Nagaland have done a commendable job and has contributed towards a peaceful atmosphere.

Further, replying to a starred question by Tokheho on the progress of Naga political talks, the leader of the House replied that the State Government was not in a position to state the progress of the political talks as the State Government is not a party to the talk between the NSCN-M and Government of India.

The Chief Minister also informed the House about the constitution of Political Affairs Committee of DAN, formation of Joint Parliamentary Committee as facilitators on the Naga political issue with the purpose of working for the unity of the Naga nationalist groups and strengthening the Naga political cause.

Earlier in his Budget speech on March 24, Rio appealed to the Naga nationalist groups to restrain their cadres from armed confrontations and to desist from provocative statements.

Maintaining that Nagas are at a crucial juncture of the political movement, he said �we cannot afford to let this opportunity slip away�.