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SOP is violation of CFGR: NSCN (I-M)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Mar 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Mar. 2009 12:55 AM IST
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The NSCN (I-M) has said the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) being enforced by the security forces and the state government machinery was violating the agreed ceasefire ground rules. Briefing newspersons in the Ceasefire Monitoring Cell office here on Friday, Convenor of Ceasefire Monitoring Cell Brig Phungthing Shimray clarified that the SOP was not included when the ceasefire ground rules agreed upon and that it has been adopted by the Ministry of Home Affairs, government of India without consulting the NSCN (I-M). “The Ministry of Home Affairs, GoI, neither consulted the NSCN (-M) nor did they give us time to think before adopting the SOP,” the NSCN (I-M) leader stated. Alleging that the government of India was using force to suppress the NSCN (I-M), he cautioned that the SOP could break the ceasefire if they (GoI) are not careful. Justifying his point, Shimray said when there was any report of violation of the ground rules by his cadres, the state government machinery and the police book them under National Security Act instead of referring these cases to the Ceasefire Monitoring Cell, which has been set up to monitor the ceasefire. He said only the Ceasefire Monitoring Group was authorized to decide on the cases of violation of ceasefire ground rules while adding that both the NSCN (I-M) and the government of India agreed to monitor the ceasefire as a group by setting up the Ceasefire Monitoring Group. He reminded that the NSC (I-M) signed the ceasefire agreement with the government of India under three principles which clearly stated that the talks would be held at the highest level, in a third country and unconditionally. He said enforcing the SOP meant taking the ceasefire to a lower level which was not acceptable to the NSCN-IM. While admitting that there may be violation of the ground rules by some cadres as there are always some black sheep in every organistion, he said “these irritants” may be checked and taken action accordingly by the Ceasefire Monitoring Cell which has been set up to monitor the ceasefire. He said the government of India was trying to create a psychological warfare by imposing the SOP and confusing the people at the grassroots level. Shimray also alleged that some representatives of the government of India were playing a divisive role thereby hindering the progress of talks. Noting that people at the grassroots level may not be aware of the agreed ceasefire ground rules, he appealed to the civil societies, mothers associations, NSF, GBs and others concerned to look at the problems from a realistic approach and help progress the peace process. He also questioned the state government’s role in enforcing the ceasefire ground rules. “Why the state government is talking about violation of ceasefire ground rules and enforcing the SOP, when it is not a part of the ceasefire?” he asked. The NSCN (I-M) leader also reminded that the government of India agreed to strengthen the ceasefire mechanism during the declaration of the indefinite ceasefire in Dimapur in 2007. He lamented that the ceasefire mechanism has not been strengthened so far.“If the mechanism is not strengthened, the ceasefire and ceasefire ground rules would be meaningless,” he added.

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