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NSCN (I-M) hits back at rival groups
DIMAPUR, MAR 11 (NPN):
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Published on 12 Mar. 2011 12:51 AM IST
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NSCN (I-M) has rubbished the joint statement of GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN issued on March 8 saying that it had backstabbed the Naga reconciliation process. Maintaining its stand, the NSCN (I-M) through its MIP recalled that on the same day, the Joint Working Groups (JWG) of the three Naga political groups met and issued a statement of commitment. It said this was not the first time that the two groups had behaved “treacherously” but that they had also “bluffed” the Naga people by declaring unconditional merger in the interest of Naga unity on July 15 (Monyakshu Conclave). It was stated that similar declaration was also made soon after the 9th Chiangmai Meet. Stating that back-stabbing was the work of cowards, the NSCN (I-M) said the disgruntled section of the people even if they formed tens of groups who have no vision and mission for the Naga people would not carry the people along.
It said no amount of agreements or memos of understanding would work since they were yet to prepare themselves to be honest, truthful to God and man and most importantly they were unable to “overcome their parochialism and prejudice.” “They will always place themselves above the Naga nation,” it added.
The NSCN (I-M) said it had been refraining from issuing rejoinders or statements as more provocative statements in the media lowered the image of the Nagas. “It is not that NSCN is at fault or its MIP is unable to represent itself through the media,” the MIP statement said.
The NSCN (I-M) reminded that Khaplang himself was one of the signatories of the Covenant of Reconciliation (COR) but that he had not “paid the slightest of respect and cooperation” to more than half a dozen of resolutions adopted to hold the highest level meeting as early as possible, since the signing of COR on June 13, 2009.
It was pointed out that the 45 days ultimatum set by the Naga people to all the stakeholders in the reconciliation process to hold the highest level meeting expired on January 4, 2011 and queried as to who was responsible for not meeting the deadline.
The NSCN (I-M) revealed that the JWG GPRN/NSCN convener, C. Singson during the JWG conveners meeting on December 30, 2010 at the residence of Rev. Dr. Wati Aier FNR convener admitted that there was problem within themselves on account of non response from Khaplang. It said that the FNR convener also fully agreed with the confession of Singson. Upon appeal from the representative of GPRN/NSCN for more time, it was understood together to hold the highest level meeting in the last week of February 2011, the NSCN (I-M) said. “Then how come that Khaplang and FGN groups are accusing the NSCN for the delay?” it questioned.
The NSCN (I-M) asserted there was “not even a shred of mistake” on the part of its general secretary, Th. Muivah’s statement that there was no wisdom in continually seeking pretexts in order to escape from facing reality either by Khaplang or Shingnya. The NSCN (I-M) said that its collective leadership had promptly responded by laying aside many other equally important matters and had rushed home to attend the highest level meeting convened by the FNR to be held in the first week of March.
Reiterating that it remained committed for peace and reconciliation among Naga brothers, the NSCN (I-M), however, said it would not go in search of those who were against reconciliation. “Don’t take the Naga people for granted. We have been patiently bearing all kinds of affronts and provocations but there is limit to everything,” it cautioned.
Responding to the alleged offensive operation in Eastern Nagaland, the NSCN (I-M) clarified that its men who were sent to Eastern part passed nearby Pangsha in Khiamniungan area where incidentally Tatar Hoho of the FGN was about to be held. “If the NSCN soldiers were on offensive mission it would have attacked the FGN there and then. The same troop also passed through Gen. Kholi’s area but it did not attack anybody which must be clear and convincing enough that NSCN has no any ill intention against any Naga groups,” it clarified.
The NSCN (I-M) said that the Manipuris and Assamese have been moving around the length and breadth of Eastern “Nagalim” extorting rations and head-load porters from the poor Naga people for more than 20 years now. It recalled that Naga people often got thrashed at the hands of these “merciless non-Nagas” for being unable to provide good food or for failing to organize sufficient porters. “At the sweat and tears of Naga public, Khaplang continues to enjoy crores of rupees paid to him by these reactionaries,” it alleged.
The NSCN (I-M) said it would not always remain a silent spectator to these kinds of atrocious treatments meted out to the poor people to satiate the ungrateful people who come in the garb of neighbors. “In the land of the Nagas, there is no area under the exclusive domination of Mr. Khaplang as such,” it said. The NSCN (I-M) asked as to why fingers were pointed at NSCN cadres, “sons of the soil,” when Assamese and Manipuris were allowed to rampage the Eastern “Nagalim.”
The NSCN (I-M) said it has the responsibility to protect the land and the people, be it in the East or the West. It was stated that when the NSCN troop was attacked in the East, two thirds of the attackers were Manipuris to which the Naga public had confirmed. “NSCN has not attacked and it will not unless, it is fired upon. But reprisal is a natural weapon or strategy of warfare to deter the enemy from further offensive attack,” it said.
Further, the NSCN (I-M) reminded that the “K-group” had entered into an agreement on June 26, 2008 with the NSCN (I-M) not to provide shelter to any non-Naga armed groups nor use them against the Naga brothers. The agreement was signed in the presence of the FNR, Quakers Society and American Baptist Church leaders. Running three years now since the signing of the agreement, the NSCN (I-M) said Khaplang continued to take Naga people for a ride. “Let the Naga people judge. God knows who the culprit is,” it added.

 
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