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GPRN/NSCN, FGN accuse NSCN (I-M) of armed offensive in Eastern Nagaland
Published on 28 Feb. 2011 12:28 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of reported armed offensive by NSCN (I-M) in Eastern Nagaland while Isak Chishi Swu and Th Muivah demanding sincerity from the government of India; the GPRN/NSCN and FGN pointed out that the NSCN (I-M), despite being a signatory of the Covenant of Reconciliation (COR), has “miserably failed” in being sincere to their own people back home.
The the GPRN/NSCN and FGN who are signatories of the COR along with the NSCN(I-M), revealed they were closely observing the activities of NSCN (I-M) cadres in Eastern Nagaland.
The MIPs of both groups claimed, that even before the ink signed on the documents were still wet, the NSCN(I-M) was threatening to throw Nagaland into further turmoil. They two declared that Nagas have the right to know why Muivah has ordered military offensive in Eastern Nagaland under the command of Absolom Tangkhul.
The two quoted several statements from documents of which the NSCN (I-M) also was a signatory, to put across the point that the NSCN(I-M) action appeared “very opposite to what they have pledged.”
They recalled that after the COR was signed in June 2009, the Chiangmai VI , a declaration was issued on September 23, 2009 signed by Gen. V.S Atem of NSCN (I-M), Zhopra Vero of FGN and Wangtin Naga of GPRN/NSCN which read: “To facilitate the summit at the highest level, at the earliest, in affirmation of the Covenant of Reconciliation. We reaffirm our total commitment to work together in the spirit of love, non-violence, peace, and respect to resolve outstanding issues amongst us. Therefore, we pledge to cease all forms of offensive activities in toto.”
Both also reminded that the public affirmation of December 8, 2009 made by the Joint Working Group (JWG) signed by Vikiye Awomi of NSCN (I-M), Zhopra Vero of FGN and C Singson of GPRN/NSCN stated: “The Joint Working Group reinforces our pledge to abide and implement cessation of all forms of offensive activities in toto.”
It was also stated that the JWG and FNR had on march 10, 2010 issued a joint appeal wherein the third point read- “To cease all offensive activities in toto; and all Naga army commanders in the Naga areas are hereby requested to uphold and abide by this principle.”
The two also cited the last sentence in the joint declaration of the September Summit which read: “Furthermore, we commit to cessation of all forms of hostilities including any territorial expansion. For this JWG will meet from time to time.”
They also recalled that on October 9, 2010, Gen. V.S Atem of NSCN (I-M), Zhopra Vero of FGN and C Singson of GPRN/NSCN made the following five-point commitment:
(a) That a complete “status Quo” by all groups be maintained. (b) That, the activities and movements of the respective governments including cadres etc should remain confined to their own and respective jurisdiction and territories. (c) That, in all cases of necessary movements which requires passages from each other’s territories, prior information should be given to each other for mutual understanding and maintaining peaceful atmosphere.
(d) That, it is further suggested that in some areas/territories which have become sensitive owing to individual or personal differences among commanders or cadres, their respective Governments are requested to make necessary corrections or placements on such cases to other units or battalions to avoid any reoccurrence of tensions and (e) Acknowledging that kidnappings and extortions have become an unbearable concern of all, irrespective of business communities or the general public, the JWG have agreed to vigilantly check through a collective mechanism forthwith.
Further the GPRN/NSCN and FGN described it as “very unfortunate” that the NSCN (I-M) MIP on February 23, 2011, “in contradiction to all agreed resolutions signed at different times,” justified sending heavily armed cadres to Khiamniungan region and Eastern Nagaland. The two cautioned that unless the agreed principles were adhered to in letter and spirit, Naga history would bear witness as to who invited further bloodshed.

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