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Zemes ask for inclusion in peace talks between DHD and GoI
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, sept 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Sep. 2009 12:00 AM IST
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While welcoming the peace talks between the government of India with the Dimasa outfits, the Zeme Council Northeast India, requested New Delhi to include them in the peace talks and cautioned that there would be no compromise on the territorial integrity inhabited by the Zemes in NC hills. The council warned that “there will be blood bath between the Zemes and Dimasas” if their request was no acceded. Speaking to media persons here Friday, President, Zeme Council North East India, Ngauputlak, stated that government of India should solve the problem of the minority first before holding talks with the rebels. He said the Zemes would not agree on the issue of changing the nomenclature of the North Cachar (NC) Hills to Dimasa Hasau Raji since the area was inhabited by various other communities. Accusing the DHD (D) and DHD (J) of merciless killings, the Zeme leaders however asserted that there has been no enmity with the Ahoms since time immemorial. He said many Zemes who fled the NC Hills were afraid of returning. Many youths were being taken away from the camps “by the Indian Army and killed then later branding them as activists of the NSCN (K)” vice president, Zeme Council North East India & president, Zeme Naga Council Manipur, G H Newmeh alleged. The president, Zeme Council Nagaland & vice president Zeme council North East India alleged that neither the state government nor the central government was providing protection to the displaced families. It may be mentioned that the ethnic violence in the NC hills have so far claimed nearly hundred lives and it was only after the arrest of the DHD (J) leader Jewel Gorlosa, that the rebels sued for peace. Some 390 DHD(J) members surrendered before the September 15deadline along with their weapons.

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