Naga political talks with the centre now reaching a crucial point, the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) and The Working Committee from Nagaland met the leaders of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) at Guwahati on Tuesday. All the groups had a transparent discussion in relation to crucial issues pertaining to ongoing political talks with the Government at the centre.
The solidarity meet essentially occurred between three parties and was attended by some top officials of these three parties, namely Arabinda Rajkhowa, chairman of ULFA; vice-chairman Pradip Gogoi; Anup Chetia, general secretary ULFA; N Kitovi Zhimomi, convener working committee, NNPGs; and Wangtin Naga, co-convener, WC NNPGs among others.
A joint statement has been released by all the parties, It reads, “The WC and the NNPG appreciated the peace process between ULFA and the Government of India and expressed that an early inclusive agreement would be inked fulfilling the aspirations of the Indigenous people of Assam.”
The second point of the statement also stated that the ULFA acknowledged the political negotiations between WC, NNPG and Centre as a practical oriented approach towards resolving the nearly century-old political conflict.
The statement further on was also carried stating, ”The two sides also agreed to pursue people to people dialogue cultural exchanges and maintain the age-old brotherhood and peaceful co-existence between the two communities in order to resolve all issues affecting the two communities at large.”
ULFA pro-talks leader, Anup Chetia said that apart from issues relating to the peace talks, the former rebel leaders also had a discussion on decade-old Assam – Nagaland border conflicts.
The last point in the statement also states: The two sides agreed to maintain constant interactions and ensure continuity of the dialogue process, maintaining, preserving and promoting fraternal relationship in the days to come.
Former rebel leaders and Chetia jointly sent a declaration opposing the Centre’s decision for implementation of Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) in Northeast.