All set for Naga rally today
Source: The Sangai Express

Kohima, August 30: Political parties and various tribal organisations of Nagaland have asked the people to participate in the Naga Hoho-sponsored �Naga Integration Rally� here tomorrow to find a lasting solution to the four decades-old Naga problem.

The apex Naga social organisation has sought the support of all Nagas in the region irrespective of their political and social affiliation.

Leaders of all political parties as well as the Naga MLAs of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have been invited to tomorrow�s rally.

Certain tribal councils had expressed reservations about the rally but later agreed to participate after a series of meetings between their leaders and the organisers, who visited them to explain the reasons for holding it.

All political parties in Nagaland had passed unanimous resolutions supporting the integration of Naga-inhabited areas into a single administrative unit as enshrined in the 16-point agreement of 1960 which culminated with the formation of the State.

Political parties have been invited to clarify their stand on the issue.

The ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) has also extended its support to the rally in view of its commitment to act as �facilitator� to peace, unity and settlement of the vexed Naga political conflict.Senior Minister and president of Nagaland Peoples Front, a major alliance of DAN, Dr Shurhozeli said in a statement today the Naga people have been expressing their desire to live together under the same administrative umbrella.

�For saying so, the Nagas have not said or done anything wrong against anyone, including the neighbouring States�.

The integration of Naga areas is among the issues discussed between the Centre and NSCN (I-M).

Neighbouring Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have opposed it tooth and nail.