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PACs affirm on SOP
Kohima, Feb 14 (NPN):
Published on 15 Feb. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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While reviewing the prevailing situation in the state, a joint meeting of the Political Affairs Committee of Nagaland Government and the Political Affairs Committee of DAN on Saturday affirmed that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) framed and circulated by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, in January 2008 with regard to monitoring and enforcement of the ceasefire ground rules should be strictly followed by the security forces, CPMF and the state police and respected by the underground groups. Expressing concern over various incidents of confrontation between the Indian Army and the underground cadres, the meeting has appealed to both the parties to work consciously for strengthening the ceasefire and reducing the tension between them, according to a release issued by Lalthara, ACS (Home) and secretary (PAC). The meeting held at the residential office of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio cited the incidents of confrontation between the security forces and underground groups at Pfutsero in Phek district and Shiroi village in Ukhrul district of Manipur and said such incidents created certain amount of tension between the two parties, jeopardizing the ceasefire. However, the meeting welcomed the marked reduction in factional clashes and killings among the underground groups since July 2008. The meeting also acknowledged the efforts of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, civil societies, NGOs and the church to bring about reconciliation among various Naga under ground groups and for their role in reducing the incidents of factional clashes and killings. It further welcomed the decision to convene the Naga Consultative Meet by PAC of Nagaland Government and PAC of DAN from March 5 to 7, inviting Naga diaspora from all over the world, representatives of political parties, hohos, NGOs, churches and civil societies with a view to finding a way forward.

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