The Joint Parliamentary Working Committee (JPWC) of Nagaland Assembly has resolved to meet leaders of different underground groups for consultation to find a ‘common Naga voice’ towards finding a lasting settlement to the vexed political conflict.

At a meeting chaired by speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie on Monday, the committee members discussed the current Naga peace process and adopted a few resolutions asserting that as elected representatives of the people they should facilitate the talks between the Centre and the underground groups.

The resolution, signed by Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and opposition leader Tokheho Yepthomi, said the meeting welcomed the efforts of the UPA government and the NSCN in resuming the political dialogue.

The JPWC, formed last year with members all party hues, reiterated to support the dialogue in “our collective endeavour to bring lasting peace to our land and its people“.

Lauding the signing of ‘Covenant of Re-conciliation’ by three underground groups and formation of Joint Working Group (JWG), it appealed to them to stop violence.

The JWG was formed by two groups of NSCN and NNC/Federal after signing the Covenant of Re-conciliation last year in Thailand.

The joint parliamentary panel also appealed for unity among the underground groups so as to facilitate “early resolution of the Naga political issue”, the resolution said.