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CFMG for strict adherence to CFGR
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Mar 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Mar. 2009 1:07 AM IST
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The first Cease Fire Monitoring Group meeting of the year between the representatives of the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) discussed a wide range of issues including implementation and violation of ceasefire ground rules, Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), efforts to find a solution to the Indo-Naga political problem, proposed plan for execution of ceasefire ground rules (CFGR) at the grassroots level, strengthening of the laid down ground rules etc. The meeting was held at Chumukedima police complex on Wednesday. While the NSCN (I-M) stressed that the ceasefire ground rules should be adhered to by all parties concerned, Ceasefire Monitoring Board (CFMB) chairman Lt Gen (Retd) Mandhata Singh asserted that there had been violation of ground rules at the grassroots level. Lt Gen Singh also asked the cadres of both the NSCN factions to move to their designated camps within one month with effect from March 4. Conveying Union Home Minister’s stand on the Naga issue, Lt Gen Singh said the government of India was “serious and genuine” about finding a solution to the Naga problem at an appropriate time and that there would be zero tolerance to violation of ceasefire ground rules. He said any action to precipitate the “situation” will be dealt with seriously. Talking to media persons after the meeting, Lt Gen Singh informed a blue print for execution of ceasefire ground rules with the involvement of all parties concerned besides civil society including GBs, NGOs and public leaders has been prepared. Convenor of CFMC Brig Phungthing Shimray told newsmen that the GoI cannot impose the ground rules concerning other group on the NSCN but said it was always ready to adhere to the revised ground rules He said there were three sets of ceasefire ground rules, which are creating confusion among the people. The NSCN (I-M) leader was also of the view that the SOP was in violation of the ground rules and therefore the state government cannot impose it on the NSCN. Stressing that there should be proper ceasefire monitoring mechanism, the NSCN (I-M) leader said the ceasefire should be enforced by the Ceasefire Monitoring Group and not by Indian security forces alone. On the GoI’s directive asking the cadres of both the NSCN factions to go back to their designated camps within one month, Brig Pungthing sought to know as to how the GoI could ask the NSCN to follow the true rules it had agreed with another group. The CFMG chief reminded that movement of cadres with arms and in uniform outside designated camps, sheltering of underground cadres from other groups, attack on designated camps of either groups etc amount to violation of ground rules. He also expressed concern over the threats issued to the officers of the SIT set up to probe the irregularities into the anomalies in School Education department and possible inter-factional clashes in near future. Lt Gen Singh further urged the NSCN (I-M) to hand over ‘ss’ 2nd Lt. Shevuto Zhimo, the main accused involved in the killing of Atovi H Yethomi in New Market on January 25, to the state police. While appreciating low level of violence, especially among the underground factions, in the state in recent times, the CFMG chief lauded the NSCN (I-M) for showing restraints.

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