Guv stresses on strengthening Naga re-conciliation process

Kohima , Jan 26 Appreciating restraint shown by Naga underground groups in recent past, Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan today stressed on further strengthening the on-going peace process and reconciliation initiated by civil society and supported by the government in the state.

Hoisting the tricolour at the civil secretariat ground here on the occasion of 60th Republic Day celebrations, the Governor said the church, civil society, NGOs, Political Affairs Committee of ruling DAN, Forum for Naga Re-conciliation, Gaonburhas and Dobhashis Association had given a call for Naga unity and re-conciliation and cessation of factional clashes.

" Such processes have to be strengthened and we have to ensure that there is a spirit of positive co-operation amongst the people,"the Governor said, observing the appeal from all sections had received&apospositive response&aposfrom the underground factions resulting in drop in fratricidal killings.

"The response of the underground groups need to be appreciated and we have confidence that they will continue to heed the call of the people. To foster spirit of oneness in our society, he said before taking the salutes of the impressive Republic Day march past.

Pointing out that Nagaland had a long history of conflicts and violence arising out of six-decade-old unresolved Naga political problem, the Governor said, however, in the last 11 years, the state had been having peace process and cease-fire with NSCN groups. The on-going peace talks to resolve the problem had given new hope to all.