Naga tribal body resents non-resolution of political impasse

KOHIMA, Jan 17: Naga Hoho, the apex body of tribal organisations of Nagaland, on Thursday expressed resentment over the delay in the resolution of the Naga political problem.
“The Naga people have entered another year without any sign of resolving the long-pending political impasse,” said Naga Hoho president HK Zhimomi and general secretary K Elu Ndang in a statement here on Thursday.
They said the announcement on 31 October last year that the talks between the government of India and Naga groups concluded on a positive note has not failed to bring any progress.
The inconclusive talks are a reflection of the insincerity and lack of political will on the part of the government of India, they said.
The apex body of the Naga tribal organisations said the government of India must not backtrack or misinterpret the framework agreement (signed in August 2015 between the NSCN-IM and the Centre) and it must be the basis for a solution.
“All intricacies must be resolved on the basis of the framework agreement. It must be ensured that the signing of the agreement should be inclusive of all Naga political groups, so as to fulfill the desire of people at large,” they said.
The organisation maintained that it was unfortunate that the Nagas “were not united” over the issue.
It accused the union government of “dividing the Nagas.”
“While trying to meet the common aspirations, all political Naga groups must stand united,” the Hoho leaders said.??The Hoho appealed to all Naga political groups to unite and resolve the political issue without any reservation. (PTI)