Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has urged all sections of people to work together for securing an acceptable solution to the Naga political issue and said it was an opportune time for solution since NSCN (I-M) had signed the Framework Agreement and likewise the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) also signed the Agreed Position with the Government of India.
Addressing the Biennial General Conference of the Angami Students’ Union (ASU) as the Guest at the inaugural programme held at The Heritage Village in Kisama, near Kohima, Rio said that the Naga issue was not limited to the Naga political groups or the State Government, but that it involved all Naga people as a whole and the Centre has earlier recognised the Naga history as unique and also accepted that the issue is a political issue for which political talks are being held.
He observed that the Naga political issue has come a long way since the Simon Commission was signed in 1929. Just as the 16-point agreement was significant in giving us the recognition of a state, we should strive to arrive at a solution for the present generation and strengthen the position of the Nagas, he added.
On the contentious demand for separate Naga flag and constitution, Rio mentioned that during his meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi, the Minister mentioned that Naga flag could be used for other events except Government, Official events or office buildings.
He mentioned that the Centre has been holding discussions with legal and constitutional experts on a separate flag. On the issue of a separate constitution, Rio said it was likely that a panel would be set up post settlement to work out the details democratically.