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State, SF asked to enforce CFGR
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Feb 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Feb. 2009 5:46 PM IST
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Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has directed the Nagaland government and the law enforcing agencies to strictly enforce the agreed ceasefire ground rules to create a congenial atmosphere while warning that violation of the truce terms will be viewed seriously by New Delhi. While reviewing the security situation at a meeting with Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, state Home Minister Imkong L Imchen, other ministers and high police and paramilitary officials and senior officials of the state at Chumukedima police guest house on Tuesday, Chidambaram also talked tough on killing and bloodshed in the state and said this must be stopped immediately. Asking the underground groups to remain confined to their designated camps and not to endanger the lives of innocent public, the minister warned that violation of the ceasefire ground rules will not be tolerated. “New Delhi will not allow any such actions that will cause disharmony within the country,” he asserted. Talking to media persons, Chidambaram, who was on his maiden visit to Nagaland, also asserted that any solution to the Naga political issue has to be within the framework of the Constitution meaning that any demands beyond it will not be considered by New Delhi. Asked whether there would be any change in the existing cease fire ground rules, the Home Minister stated that no changes have been proposed while also adding that political talks are still in the process to solve the issue. On the Shiroi incident, Chidambaram said the NSCN-IM was trying to set up a camp within Shiroi village against the existing ceasefire ground rules which was foiled by the security personnel. He however expressed satisfaction that the matter was resolved amicably between the two parties. When asked whether the ceasefire will be extended to all the Naga inhabited areas in the Northeast, he said “we should not be confused with the ceasefire agreement”. Asked whether he was satisfied with the review of law and order in the state, Chidambaram said the Chief Minister has told him that the situation has improved since July last year. He however urged the state government to be prepared and remain vigilant to deal with any situation. Briefing media persons, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio stated that the state government voiced some concerns relating to present Naga political issues to the Union Home Minister and hoped that an amicable solution will be arrived at for the good of the society and the state. He expressed hope that good sense would prevail among NSCN groups so that the on-going peace process was not jeopardized. The Chief Minister also urged the underground factions to refrain from fighting and observe the ceasefire ground rules for the betterment of the state. Earlier on his arrival at Dimapur airport by helicopter from Imphal, the Union Home Minister was received Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Home Minister Imkong L Imchen, a host of other ministers and high government officials. Chidambaram was accompanied by Navin Varma, Joint secretary, Home Affairs, Government of India. Before his visit to Nagaland, the Home Minister reviewed the security situation in Imphal with Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and police and security personnel. After the meeting in Dimapur, Chidambaram was seen off at Dimapur airport by state Home Minister Imkong L Imchen before his departure for New Delhi.

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