The sixth anniversary observance of the ‘Framework Agreement’ inked between the Central government and NSCN (I-M) was held at the assembly hall of Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), Ukhrul on Tuesday.
Organised by TNL, the event witnessed the attendance of president of Tangkhul Shanao Long, Veronica Awungshi; president of TNL Hopingson A Shimray; and chairman, Ato Longphang Dearson Chamroy along with leaders and representatives of various civil bodies in Ukhrul.
Former director of Tangkhul Theological Association YL Mingthing who attended the commemorative event as chief guest hoisted the Naga national flag in the presence of representatives from different civil bodies of the district.
YL Mingthing said there has been an inordinate delay in resolving the long protracted Naga political issue even though the ‘Framework Agreement’ has completed six years. “It is not an occasion of celebration but one of dismay,” he added.
As a part of the event, pastor of UBC Ukhrul, reverend Remember Rimai led a special prayer on the Naga peace talk, while Esau Makang and friends presented a special song.
Delivering the vote of thanks, president, Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long SA Ramnganing said that the movement is a Christ-centred one and conveyed gratitude to the community leaders for their presence.
Meanwhile, Chandel Naga People's Organisation (CNPO) also organised the 6th anniversary of the signing of the ‘Framework Agreement’ at the office of the organisation located in Chandel headquarter on Tuesday.
A statement from the publicity wing of CNPO stated the opening prayer of the observance was led by executive secretary of Chothe Baptist Churches Association (ChBCA) reverend Hranum khiang while president, Anal Naga Baptist Association (ANBA) reverend Onesimas led the intercessory prayers.
The observance was attended by leaders and representatives of various Naga civil bodies including speaker, United Naga Council (UNC) Kanral; president, Naga Women's Union Chandel (NWUC) Maku Tepamran; president, Naga Students' Union, Chandel (NSUC) Sk Joseph; president, Naga Chief Association Chandel (NCAC) Ts Ruwngwar; and president, Anal Naga NagaTangpi (ANTA) Sng Phamhring, it stated.
In their speeches, the leaders highlighted the historical efforts that led to the Framework Agreement and encouraged the federating units to stay firm and uphold the trust in the agreement between the central government and the NSCN (I-M). They also affirmed their support for the NSCN (I-M) leadership in the negotiations with the Indian government, CNPO stated.
President of CNPO, Rd David Boyes Anal appealed for unity among the people of Chandel and to have patience and hope for future developments. “The political journey of the Nagas has seen enough sacrifices but the Nagas will continue as long as needed,” he said.
The organisation further expressed its gratitude to all the churches in the district for holding prayers to bring the protracted Naga political issue to its final logical conclusion. “This observation is to remind the Central government to honour the agreement,” CNPO added.