Rio appreciates MLAs for adopting resolution on Naga political issue

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Kohima, Feb 19 (PTI) Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday appreciated the ruling and opposition members of the assembly for adopting a resolution on the decades-old Naga political issue which, he said, has always been the key concern for the House.

The assembly on Thursday resolved to work unitedly to facilitate the ongoing negotiations between the Centre and Naga political groups for a final solution.

The union government has been holding two separate parleys with the NSCN(IM) since 1997 and Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) comprising of seven organizations since 2017.

The Centre signed a framework agreement with the NSCN (IM) on August 3, 2015 and also entered into an agreed position with NNPGs in December 2017. However, the final conclusion of the talks is yet to be achieved.

'The resolution reflects the expression and desire of the Naga people. We reiterate our call to the negotiating parties for an early, honourable and inclusive solution. We also urge all the stakeholders to constantly strive towards unity and oneness,' Rio said in the assembly.

'The Naga political issue has always remained the central concern of the state assembly and also the top agenda of the government,' he said.

On Opposition members' call to initiate furtherance of the resolution, Rio said the responsibility is not only on the chief minister but equally on all the members as we decided to pursue it together'.

On the issue of going to meet the prime minister and other central leaders with the resolution, he said that the matter is left to himself as Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition. PTI NBS NN NN