Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio | File photo

Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has emphasised the need for an early and honourable settlement of the Naga political issue.

Delivering the Independence Day speech after unfurling the National Flag at the Nagaland Civil Secretariat Plaza in Kohima, Rio reiterated the state government’s role in the ongoing political dialogue by making all possible efforts in reaching a logical conclusion.

“The state government has carried out consultations with all sections of society including Tribal Hohos, mass-based organizations, church leaders, NGOs and all other stakeholders,” he said.

He also added that through the Joint Legislators’ Forum, all the legislators have come together irrespective of party affiliations and political ideologies in the greater interest of peace and political solution.

Rio reminded that 23 years of ceasefire and political dialogue is more than enough time to reach a logical conclusion and Nagas have longed for genuine peace for decades and there is a deep desire for an honourable and acceptable solution that will pave the way for all round progress and development.

He also suggested that the civil societies discuss among themselves and create a conducive atmosphere with full understanding as one Naga family.

Rio further appealed to all sections of society and every citizen, to continue to make their honest contribution for lasting peace and to resolve the issue without further delay.

The chief minister highlighted on the multiple economic challenges in the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic as it has showed the vulnerability of the state in terms of food sufficiency and the pressing need for creating employment opportunities for the large number of returnees numbering more than 30,000 including students and workers.

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