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Muivah speaks on NSCN split in 1988
Correspondent PUGHOBOTO, JUN 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Jun. 2010 12:47 AM IST
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On the split in the NSCN in 1988, Muivah said in Pughoboto on Monday that there was no difference of opinion on Naga political issue with Khaplang, except on discipline and principle. He said the collective leadership of the then undivided NSCN had some views and opinion on Naga issue but there was no fallout on this at any point of time. “To be a leader the foremost thing is there should be discipline and principle” he asserted.
On the “bloody split” of NSCN, he said Khaplang was engineered by certain agencies and consequently spread malicious rumours that Muivah and Isak were preparing to surrender to the government of India. “Isak and Muivah had never committed wrong on Khaplang, but we had supported him and had stood for the collective leadership,” Muivah maintained. He said the rumours had triggered the killing of nearly 200 innocent NSCN cadres, including kilonsers, secretaries and top military officers by those loyal to Khaplang. He alleged Kitovi and Khole C-in-C of GPRN/NSCN, who were today trying to be clean persons, actively took part in the massacre. “We never fired even a bullet on Khaplang’s men,” Muivah claimed and added that he and Isak never expected such situation to crop up.
Muivah said since then Indian army in collusion with GPRN/NSCN and NNC had fought the NSCN (I-M) to squeeze the Naga political issue.
Muivah said NSCN (I-M) leadership had told the Indian policymakers that they should step forward like the NSCN (I-M) in an effort to find a meeting point. He said the centre had agreed to this but castigated it for backtracking from what had been agreed upon in principle. He said the NSCN (I-M) had in clear terms told New Delhi that it would not hesitate to rethink on the current peace process if Indian lawmakers keep on betraying their commitments prior to the ceasefire in 1997.
He rejected piecemeal solution so also imposed solution within the ambit of the constitution of India. He admitted that the centre had taken few steps towards resolving the issue.
NNC and Shillong Accord
The NSCN (I-M) general secretary was all praise for the leadership of NNC led by A Z Phizo, Kughato Sukhai, Imkongmeren Ao, T. Sakhrie and Khodao Yanthan. He, however, regretted that Phizo kept mum over the Shillong Accord of 1975. He said discords and killings started with the Accord and that the accordists never admitted the “bitter truth.” Muivah claimed he and Isak had tried to save NNC from being buried but there was no response from Phizo. He alleged that the accordists, taking the name of Phizo, began to kill hundreds of NNC people who had opposed the Accord.
He said the non-accordists had even condemned the Shillong Accord in the name of NNC and had decided not to condemn the leadership of Phizo and reiterated confidence on the leadership of Phizo who was then the president of NNC. Reposing faith on his leadership the president of Federal Government of Nagaland was also delegate to him, Muivah said. Notwithstanding all these efforts Phizo remained voiceless to unprecedented situation taking place back home, Muivah added. “Phizo failed to condemn the Accord but we decided not to condemn him since he had saved Naga people and the nation” Muivah said.
He said NNC then did not expel Phizo despite his mistake and proposed his name for the president of FGN too. Determined to save the NNC and carry on with the struggle initiated by Phizo, Muivha said that the accordists who by then had come to “Eastern Nagaland” (Burma) began to threaten him and Isak stating that when Phizo did not condemn the Accord why should Isak and Muivah condemn it. “We explained the position of NNC and told them that we cannot give up Nagas’ rights. We will follow what Phizo had told us to do” the NSCN (I-M) leader said.
Muivah said he and Isak had asked the accordists whether they would accept the constitution of India if Phizo asked them to do, to which they instantly replied “yes.” He said the accordists even passed a resolution rejecting the condemnation of Shillong Accord by non-accordists NNC.
Muivah said due to total defiance of the diktat, he and Isak were imprisoned for 18 months and the immediate aftermath was killing of hundreds of people.
He said the foundation of NNC was then destroyed by Shillong Accord and therefore has no rights to claim that they were still standing for the Nagas’ rights.

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