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NSCN-IM walks out from Cease Fire meeting with government

By EMN Updated: Mar 27, 2015 12:10 am

Staff Reporter
Dimapur, March 26

NSCN-IM representatives walked out from the meeting with the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG), Government of India today at Police Complex, Chumukedima in Dimapur.
It was the 72nd metting between the CFMG and the NSCN-IM’s Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC). Briefing media persons later, NSCN-IM Cease Fire Monitoring Cell (CFMC) convenor Kraibo Chawang alleged that while imposing ‘law of the land’, the Government of India through the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has ‘booked’ its leaders Isak Chishi Swu, Thuingalang Muivah and V.S.Atem and 20 or so NSCN-IM leaders accusing them of waging a war against Indian Union. Kraibo alleged that a Deputy Superintendent of NIA had summoned Isak, Muivah, Atem and others to a court recently accusing them of waging war against the Union of India.
“They (GOI) should create conducive atmosphere for solution but it is difficult for us when the CFMG chairman himself said that the ceasefire does not extend beyond Nagaland. This is an insult to the whole Naga people and our collective leaders,” said Chawang.
Disappointed over CFMG chairman’s statement which said there is no ceasefire beyond Nagaland, the Kraibo Chawang remarked that when the NSCN-IM has arms possession and fighting for Naga solution, the Government of India knows of it and because of the arms there is ceasefire.
“If we are waging war we will be fighting with arms and why will there be a ceasefire. We do not need to have ceasefire if NSCN does not have arms. But with the allegations of waging war against Government of India, they are trying to impose law of the land on us which is unacceptable to us,” decried Chawang. He further added that there was no point sitting for the meeting when the ceasefire does not extend beyond Nagaland, “which agitated us and so we walked out from the meeting.”
CFMG Chairman Lt. General (Retd) N.K.Singh when queried on the disappointment of NSCN-IM stated that as “far as his jurisdiction is concern it is only within Nagaland.” N K Singh then said during the meeting, the issues of NSCN-IM’s illegal detention camps discovered in recent months were also brought out in today’s meeting, he said.
Besides Kraibo Chawang, John Anal, David Chisiite, G Tokishe Swu, Lt. Col. Ayo, Kiyezhe Sumi, Zeneituo Angami, Qhetoyi A Swu, Yangmi Muinao and Aduan Pamei represented the NSCN-IM in today’s meeting.

GPRN/ NSCN (Khole and Kitovi group)
GPRN/NSCN (Khole and Kitovi group) has remarked that today’s meeting was ‘fruitful’ which was a marathon one where they were able to discuss various agendas.
The outfit requested the CFMG to provide more designated camps for the outfit, urged upon them through chairman of CFMG to revise and review the contents of ceasefire ground rules. “We have placed the suggestions to the Ministry of Home Affairs last year and we have to debate in detail”, said Jack Jimomi. The members of the GPRN/NSCN have raised certain points “since we found many contents very ambiguous,” said Jack while adding that with no proper definitions, the security forces even act beyond their limit taking advantage of that context.
With the NSCN-K vacating the Suruhoto camp on March 24 night, the GPRN/NSCN (KK) has said that it is within their right to claim the camp as it was allotted to them. “Therefore, we have asked the CFMG to re-allot them the Suruhoto camp. The GPRN/NSCN presently has four designated camps -Kehoi, Hokhiye camp, Sungpur and newly relocated Aopao near Aboi.
The members also raised the ‘lackadaisical attitude’ of the state pertaining to Intangki Reserve Forest. The State government has forcibly removed certain villages but on the other hand a village is still under Intangki Reserve Forest, said Jack Jimomi. So, while requesting the state to exercise their power judiciously, the members have also requested that no human habitats be allowed beyond Monlomok river. If the state fails to protect Intangki Reserve Forest, GPRN/NSCN will be compelled to take its own course of action, it cautioned.
Regarding the summoning of GPRN/NSCN by High Powered Committee, government of Nagaland the GPRN/NSCN leaders said that the Government has no authority because “summoning us (GPRN/NSCN is not in their power”. It has also made clear that they will not participate in the meeting which is scheduled to be held at Chumukedima. The HPC, if so willing to meet us (NSCN KK), we are ready to arrange an appointment and will invite them to come to the outfit’s council headquarters for discussions, they added.
CFMG chairman NK Singh briefing on the minutes of the meeting held with the GPRN/NSCN said they were keen to have review the contents of ceasefire ground rules, which he said, has already been forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. One issue discussed was the prevailing situation between the Chang and Yimchunger tribes in Tuensang, he said. The other issue discussed with the group was stopping of extortion as per the ceasefire agreement, which, he said, the group has agreed not to carry out ‘forcibly.’ The GPRN/NSCN has also been asked to bring out points to discuss in the upcoming meeting about the ceasefire extension, which is going to be held in Delhi on April 27.

By EMN Updated: Mar 27, 2015 12:10:08 am