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Muivah arrives for meet on reconciliation; slams rivals

NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th. Muivah interacts with media persons at Dimapur Airport, Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 Mar. 2011 12:49 AM IST
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Against the backdrop of the decision by the GPRN/NSCN and NNC/FGN not to participate in the proposed highest level talks for reconciliation till the NSCN (I-M) stops its military offensive in Eastern Nagaland, NSCN (I-M)general secretary and ato kilonser Th.Muivah has asserted that the NSCN(I-M) was at liberty to send its men on duty and that the top leadership are in Nagaland to talk about reconciliation.
Interacting with media persons at Dimapur airport upon arrival from Delhi on Thursday afternoon, Muivah said their cadres have been moving all over Nagaland and Naga inhabited areas of Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.
“How is it that they have to question us that our cadres started moving around? They (NSCN-IM cadres) are free to move, they have the right …. I don’t see any rationality in (the opposition to it),” Muivah replied when asked to comment on the decision of the two other Naga political groups.
Muivah said though his group send cadres to different places yet the government (NSCN-IM) would never “attack anyone unless they were attacked” adding it was not “not unnatural.”
Asked about the military offensive in Eastern Nagaland, Muivah recalled the situation in Arunachal Pradesh where their cadres and camps were allegedly attacked several times by ‘NSCN (K)’ supported by the Indian armed forces. “How can they hide that? Are we the one taking the offensive? No, we are not. They (rivals) are always on the offensive,” Muivah retorted.
Muivah said he and Chairman Isak Chishi Swu have come to Nagaland to hold talks with other leaders, since signatures have already been appended for Naga reconciliation. He said the GPRN/NSCN chairman S. S. Khapang was the first to append his signature on the Covenant of Reconciliation (COR).
Muivah questioned other Naga groups as to why they have to “find pretext here and there all the time” for not attending reconciliatory meetings.
“How many times they have failed and how many time have we come … we did not see him (Khaplang),” Muivah asked adding that even now they (rivals) wanted to find a pretext. He accused other Naga political groups of not wanting real reconciliation. “They are all after pretext. There is no way on their part to have reconciliation with the people … with us,” he asserted.
Further, he asked “how long a man can bluff the people, on this and that pretext? How many times have they failed to come? On our part, we are for reconciliation and so we are here to talk about reconciliation” he said and dismissed the rivals’ pretexts.
Muivah also said if other groups were willing to abide by the commitment to reconciliation, the NSCN (I-M) would be available. He affirmed “that is our commitment but so long as they bluff the people we shall be sorry.”
Throwing light on the recent talks held with the government of India, Muivah said prime minister Manmohan Singh had asserted that an honourable solution must be brought at the shortest time possible for the Nagas on the basis of their unique history. Muivah said India respected the Naga history and that the two entities were for negotiation.
He also affirmed that the sovereignty of the Nagas belonged to the Naga people. Asked whether there was a give and take policy in the current negotiations, he replied “that is the nature of negotiations anywhere.” He, however, stopped short of saying that NSCN (I-M) was becoming flexible in its demands.
After the media interaction, the NSCN (I-M) general secretary left for council headquarters Hebron.

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