KOHIMA: The National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak Muivah(NSCN-IM) and the Naga National Political Groups(NNPGs) have come forward to bridge all differences between them and work together for naga peace and development.
Both groups have decided to abstain from all forms of armed violence and also stay away from hurling words of violence against each other in the media that may cause unrest among the general public of Nagaland.
In a joint statement both, the NSCN-IM and the NNPGs stated that they met today "in the spirit of belonging" in the presence of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) in the interest of pursuing genuine understanding among the Nagas and incrementally progressing ahead toward peace and development in the region.
The statement also added that "The 'covenant of reconciliation' of June 13, 2009, signed by the late Isak Chishi Swu, late S.S. Khaplang, and Brig (retired) S. Singnya would be held in the highest esteem".
The statement reads, "Hence, we renew to work together in the spirit of love, and desist from all forms of armed violence and refrain from indulging in the violence of words through print and social media among Naga political groups and the general public".
The joint statement further added that starting today when both the NSCN-IM and NNPGs come together, they would invest themselves to chart a path forward, remain committed to peace and respect, and resolve all outstanding issues among them so that the region reaches new pinnacles of peace and development.
The statement was jointly signed by V S Atem on behalf of the NSCN-IM and Alezo Venuh on behalf of the Working Committee of the NNPGs. V S Atem is a member of Collective Leadership of the NSCN-IM and Alezo Venuh is the coordinator of the Working Committee of the NNPGs.
The joint statement was also hopeful that both NSCN-IM and NNPGs would guard themselves against rifts that further divide them. They would not let anything come between them and Nagaland's peace and development.