Nagalim: Former Finance Minister Says Talking to Neighbors Key to Solution
Participating debate on the Governor’s address here today, the former Finance Minister stressed the immediate necessity to hold talks with the neighboring States who were crucial in finding the durable and permanent solution to the decades old Naga political problem. “We (Nagas and people of neighboring States) are living for thousands of years, besides we are historically brothers,” he said, adding, “We can’t conflict with them (people of neighboring States) and expect solution.”
“Why can’t we talk to them (people of neighboring States) and see ways to find solution,” Therie asked, expressing confidence that once they initiated such move, there would be tremendous positive response, which would lead to the solution of the problem.
He said the DAN Government failed to do its part in the last three years as per their Common Minimum Program (CMP). He said the DAN Government committed to secure a “negotiated settlement” to the Indo-Naga political problem. “But till today, it does not happen,” he regretted.
At the same time, the DAN Government should prepare to officially
try to mediate with the leaders of various factions to unite and also meet officially
the Government of India. “I don’t think that the Government of India
can bring any solution to the Naga political problems without such steps being
initiated from our side,” Therie pointed out.