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Unity a must before talks with GoI: NSCN (K)

Members of the GPRN/NSCN, CFSB chairman, Lt Gen (rtd) Mandhata and other state officials at the Police Complex, Chumukedima on Wednesday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Jan. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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Reiterating the stand on the issue of talks with the Government of India, NSCK(K)Supervisor of Cease Fire Monitoring Board(CFSB) Wangtin Naga said there cannot be talks on behalf of the Nagas without unity among the different factions. Speaking to newsperson after the conclusion of the first meeting of the CFSB in the new year, Wangtin said his group would only talk when all factions come together under one roof. Taking a dig at the ongoing negotiations between the NSCN (I-M) and government of India, the NSCN(K)CFSB Supervisor asserted that no faction can represent the Naga people while negotiating with the government of India. He said the political issue involved the Nagas and therefore, unity among all factions was necessary to hold talks with the government of India. Giving a gist of the meeting, Wangtin informed that a joint reconnaissance, comprising state government officials, district administration, police and AR, would be carried within the next one week to set identify two new designated camps under Kiphire and Tuesang district. Wangtin said the Poahoa hill designated camp under Mon district was physically occupied since June, 2009 and a request was made to the government of India for providing electricity and road connectivity. It may be mentioned that the Centre has agreed to have nine designated camps for the NSCN(K) out of which four have been physically occupied till date, namely -Kehoi, Suruhuto, Athibung and Poahoa hill. Asked about the arrest of five NSCN(K) activists by security forces last week along with nine weapons, Wangtin said armed cadres in Khehoi had shown restraint when the incident took place in the spirit of the cease fire. He also further informed that all five were released and weapons would also be returned. Wangtin said armed activists of his faction who were arrested could not be booked under the NSA (National Security Act) as they were not terrorists and their case referred to the CFSB for necessary action. When asked about the reports that the NSCN(K) was providing shelter and training to ULFA, Wangtin dismissed the reports as another ‘military gimmick’. “You can give me the location and it should be business and duty to sanitize it…..and how can I allow some other organization to set up camp in our state?” he countered. On talks between the Centre with ULFA, Wangtin said ULFA should go ahead with the negotiations and place their demand before the Centre as it would be good for the Assamese people. He also lauded the FNR for a peaceful Christmas and New Year and opined that the advance pre-Christmas celebration was a big achievement. When asked about the possibility of all the groups uniting together through the reconciliation process, Wangtin stated “It can be possible in the long run as long as the Naga people desire to come together”. Chairman, CFSB, Lt Gen (rtd) Mandhata YSM, lauded the efforts of all the groups for peaceful celebrations and said that at the same time, these speak of the maturity of the various factions. He also voiced the concern of Centre with the group regarding activities in Tirap/Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, NC hills and ‘reported’ assistance to other rebel groups. “If there are any aberrations than they must be put in place”, Lt.Gen(Rtd)Mandhata said. He also called for closer interaction between the law enforcing agencies and factions to sort out problems . The chairman also expressed the view that the peace talks would end fruitfully this year. The former GOC of Vajra corps also urged the factions to move into their designated camps and not next to civilian populated areas, national highways or international borders. He also gave credit for the present peaceful environment to the Naga people, various factions, well wishers and NGOs and remarked that there was certainly a change in the outlook of people. When asked about on the issue of extortion, the general opined that the ‘collection’ must come down so as to bring relief to the common man. It was the first ever meeting of CFSB for this year at Police complex, Chumukedima on Wednesday which was also attended by Chairman, CFSB, Lt Gen (rtd) Mandhata YSM, Commissioner Khullu, Addl. Director General of Police (Operations) G K Rengma and 5 Sector Commander of Assam Rifles Brig Ved Prakash.

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