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Mulatonu slams DAN
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 30(NPN):
Published on 1 Oct. 2009 12:52 AM IST
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Emissary to the GPRN/NSCN collective leadership Kughalu Mulatonu has alleged Neiphiu Rio led DAN Government of financial mismanagement and siphoning of funds meant for developmental activities in Nagaland to Ukhrul district of Manipur and said that he would shortly bring out a “white paper” on this matter. Interacting with media persons here at a hotel Wednesday, Mulatonu charged Rio of trying to whitewash the mismanagement of funds from GOI and had even fashioned the Naga Common Platform to suit the convenience of rival NSCN (IM) thereby creating confusion among the Nagas. The senior GPRN/NSCN leader accused the NSCN (IM) of stepping down from the demand for Naga sovereignty and “settling down” with economic independence offered by the GOI. “Nagas must know that this demand (economic package) was proposed by the NSCM (IM) backed by some NGOs in 2003,” Mulatonu stated. Contending that the talks between rival NSCN (IM) and GOI has ended in a deadlock, Mulatonu said that since GOI has offered IM with “economic package,” as settlement, the chief minister should keep his word and step down from his office and pave way for the GPRN/NSCN for talks with the GOI. On its preparedness of talks with the Centre, the Emissary said that it was awaiting a formal invitation from the Prime Ministerial level. He said the role of interlocutors would be to channel the issues but to break the “political iceberg,” it would require leaders from both groups to sit and talk. Mulatonu maintained that sovereignty is won and not solved or negotiated and added that talk is a process to bring the core issues to the political table. “Once we enter into dialogue with the GOI, we will invite the State Government, Naga NGOs and representatives of all sections of Nagas if required,” he added. Stating that Nagas can never become “one” but yet can attain sovereignty, Mulatonu said when political parties of Indian National Movements could not bring Pakistan and India together and yet attain Independence, why should India demand the Nagas to become “one,” he queried. “Sovereignty is a National issue of the Nagas of Nagaland, outsiders can become citizens and can be party to it but they cannot solve the Naga issue,” he added. On the Forum for Naga Reconciliation and the Chiang Mai deliberations, the senior GPRN/NSCN leader claimed that his organization has a “defined representation” at the Forum and that the FNR which had “outclassed” more than the expectations of the GPRN/NSCN leaders. He therefore ruled out trying anything more on this issue. Asked to comment on the law and order problem particularly on extortions, Mulatonu said that the CM has admitted the presence of HUJI militants and their involvement in extortions backed by IM organization. “Rio should utilize all security agencies to book and nab HUJI militants involved in extortions and prove that his Government is fighting against terrorism,” Mulatonu said.

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