Nagaland Joint Christian Forum urges PM to “exercise wisdom and discernment” on the Naga Peace Accord

Nagaland Joint Christian Forum urges PM to “exercise wisdom and discernment” on the Naga Peace Accord

KOHIMA, January 15, 2018: The Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF) has joined various Naga civil societies, tribal organizations, MPs and legislators to urged upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "exercise wisdom and discernment" to bring about an honourable and acceptable solution while addressing the "Indo-Naga" conflict.

In a memorandum signed by NJCF President and Nagaland Baptist Church Council General Secretary Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho, NJCF General Secretary Rev. Fr. G. L. Khing, Vice President Rev. Dr. N. Paphino, Treasurer Rev. Dr. Moses Murry, and executive members Rev. Hotokhu P. Zhimomi, Rev. T. W. Yamyap Konyak and Khyomo Lotha (ex-MP), urged upon Modi to exercise wisdom and discernment while dealing with the present scenario in Nagaland so that the hard earned dialogue and negotiations (with various NPGs) do not derail.

NJCF, which comprises of church denominations in Nagaland has sought to impress upon the Prime Minister the urgent need to address the Naga issue by listening to the voice of the people who yearn for peace and pleaded for ensuring that solution took precedence of election. Expressing appreciation for the PM's efforts and his concern for resolving the protracted "Indo-Naga" conflict, NJCF pointed out that the unresolved problem and untreated conflicts over the last seven decades had led the Nagas into a state of confusion.

NJCF termed the Framework Agreement, signed with the NSCN (I-M), on August 3, 2015, and the on-going negotiations with the Working Committee of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) as "positive moves.", urging upon the Prime Minister to take "the mandate of the Nagas" very seriously and that the PM's office must act with "wisdom and precision" without introducing any element that may thwart the negotiation process.

The NJCF said its prayers were with the Prime Minister, the Naga leaders and those involved in the peace process and invoked God's wisdom upon the prime minister so that "God's will for the Nagas" is imposed through his leadership. " The Nagas long to seize this moment so that a better society will emerge in our life time" the memorandum asserted, the memorandum said.

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