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Nagaland CM on Naga political issue

By Lolano. P. Khuvung
Kohima, March 31, 2010: Delivering concluding remarks after two days of debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address delivered on 23rd March 2010, the Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio also the Leader of the House said that the Indian constitution gives us protection under Article 371 (A), which shows that the Naga uniqueness is recognized. “Together we have to protect our identity, tradition and culture”, he maintained and expressed gratitude to the opposition for their concern to pursue the cause of the Nagas.

The state government's role as a facilitator in the ongoing Naga peace process, Rio assured that the government is clear in its vision and approach and said that all sections of the people would be involved. Towards this end, he said that a Political Affairs Committee was set up where the committee members met the leaders of various groups, civil societies, NGOs, political parties and public leaders and convened the first ever Naga Consultative Meet, attended by overseas Nagas too, to have a common Naga platform.

All the members should come together leaving aside failures and look forward to working together and move to various sections including Government of India, to get the desired settlement, Rio opined. “It is crucial to make the right decision in order to bring an honourable solution to the vexed Naga problem”, he further added. Reiterating the DAN's Slogan- Peace for Development and Development for Peace, he said that the Government would continue to vigorously, pursue, for the welfare of the people, politically, socially and economically.