Nagaland, Documents and Efforts:
Settling the Naga issue, By Rajinder Sachar (LINK MISSING)
'Encounter ' between the army and a Naga Group
Ceasefire in Naga areas
A statement by former PM's of India
AN APPEAL FROM FRIENDS OF THE NAGAS
23 July 2000
A consultation organised by the Thai friends of the Nagas brought together a spectrum of bipartisan participants from Thailand, India, Naga areas; and various international groups, to discuss the Naga conflict and the impending expiration of the 1997 cease fire agreement. The symposium resolved that it support to the Indo Naga Peace process, which is essential in the maintenance of security of both the Indian and the Naga people, as well as for the entire region. It called for the immediate resumption of negotiations in good faith between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN). It resolved that this process be Amended to make it more participatory, transparent, an accountable to all those with a vital stake in its conclusion.
The Naga people have resolved that Me. Th Muivah best reflects their aspirations and should represent them in these negotiations. He embodies a long history of commitment to the Naga people and their cause and, having the mandate of the Naga people, he has the authority to negotiate a substantive and lasting settlement.
The meeting appealed to the Indian and the Thai Governments to ensure that Mr. Muivah is set at liberty in order that he may resume his essential role in the peace negotiations.
Thus, it is resolved:
· We appeal to both the Thai and Indian Governments to recognise Mr. Muivah as an essential participant in the Indo-Naga peace negotiations, and therefore endorse his immediate release from custody in the interest of peace and security in the region.
· We appeal especially to the Indian Government to urge for Mr. Muivah's release as demonstration of their commitment in reaching a peaceful solution to the Indo- Naga conflict.
· We appeal to both the NSCN and the Government of India to extend their cease-fire agreement in order that the peaceful, constructive dialogue may continue.
On behalf of the25 participants of this symposium, we hereby affirm the above resolutions, and submit them in good faith to the Thai and the Indian authorities involved with these issues.
Mr. Rajindar Sachar
- Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, former President, PUCL
Mr. Surendra Mohan - Former Member of Indian Parliament (MP), Member National Council, PUCL
Swami Agnivesh - Bonded Labour Liberation Front (BLLF)
K. S. Paul Leo - President of the United Naga Council (UNC)
N. S. n Lotha - President of Naga Students Federation (NSF)
S. Kho John President of All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM)
Ms. Nandita Haksar - Human Rights Advocate
Akum Lonchari - Member Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR)
Vikheho Swu - member Naga Peoples Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR)
Representatives from the following International Organisations:
- Secretary general Forum Asia
Menelaos G Tzelios - General secretary International for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic, religious, Linguistic and other Minorities. (United State Of America)
Luingam Luithui - Secretary General Asia Indigenous People's Pact (AIPP)
Christian Luithui - International work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Frans Welman - Indigenous Council, The Netherlands
Valentino Dolara - Documentation Centre for Threaten People (Italy)
Representative - Burma Lawyers Council
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(PUCL Bulletin, Sept., 2000)