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Rallies taken out to demand resolution of Naga issue

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, March 10 - The Nagaland GBs (gaon burhas) Federation on Monday held rallies in all the district headquarters, besides Meluri and Tseminyu subdivisions of the State, to demand immediate resolution of the Naga issue.

At the rally held at the DC Court junction here, the speakers demanded immediate resolution of the problem.

The president of the Naga Council Dimapur, T Bengerloba, said, �The Nagas are at a dilemma as to what to do after the negotiations.� He said no agreement has been signed though the negotiations between the Centre and the Naga national groups ended on October 31 last year.

�We do not understand what they are doing. The Nagas do not want to linger on. We want immediate solution,� he said. The president of the Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, Sungsabeni Jamio, urged both the Centre and the Naga national groups to take a moral stand and resolve the Naga issue for permanent peace in �our land�.

Jamio also announced that this rally would be the last one to demand resolution of the Naga issue. Nagaland GBs Federation president Shalem Konyak Zalipu said a solution had eluded the Nagas due to disunity among them. He also urged the Centre to deliver what it has promised to the Nagas.

The president of Western Sumi Hoho Dimapur, Dr Kakheto Zhimomi, enquired what solution has been brought after 22 years of negotiations.

Holding placards that read �Announce honourable and acceptable Indo-Naga political solution�, �What has been agreed upon, bring it home. What remains, pursue through democratic political process�, �Beware of betraying younger Naga generations�, �23 years of talks, Nagas need answers�, the rallyists marched to the Dimapur Deputy Commissioner�s office to hand over a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The memorandum said there was no reason for the delay in concluding the ongoing phase of the Naga peace talks. It said it believed that there would be no new subjects or reversals on any matter already negotiated or agreed upon.

The federation urged the Prime Minister to inform the Naga public whatever is on record as on October 31, 2019, when the negotiations are said to have been concluded.

It said the Nagas are prepared for an enduring peaceful co-existence after seven decades of conflict. The federation urged Modi to accord utmost priority to its appeal and inform the Naga public about the date of signing the Indo-Naga peace agreement.

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