October 22: A joint peace mission comprising church
leaders of Assam and Nagaland met Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi to discuss the issues relating to the troubled
leaders from Catholic and Protestant churches while
apprising the chief minister about peace initiatives
undertaken by them in the trouble-torn areas along the
Assam- Nagaland border, said status quo has to be
maintained at any cost and that the problem has to be
viewed from humanitarian perspective," a release
from the CMO said today.
the meeting, which took place last evening, Gogoi
accepted their view and said that the people displaced
during violence must be rehabilitated, it said.
church leaders told the chief minister that the peace
process has to be carried out at the grassroots level
and the involvement of the village headmen is a must for
reconciliation and ushering in durable peace along the
inter-state border, the release said.
said that while an early political solution to the
disputed areas would take time, the reconciliation
process among the people living along the border is of
utmost necessity for peace to prevail there.
echoed their sentiments and said it was 'high time' for
better sense to prevail and to acknowledge the fact that
"One has to live together, no one can live in
task of rehabilitation of displaced people living in
relief camps should be completed as soon as possible. We
seek the cooperation of one and all, including the
church leaders towards this end," Gogoi added.
lauded the peace initiatives of the Church leaders and
hoped that their efforts would help to restore complete
normalcy by rekindling the age-old ties between the
people of both the states living along the border. (PTI)