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Kitovi-Khaplang differ on reconciliation: NSCN (I-M)
Published on 5 Mar. 2011 12:46 AM IST
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In a startling disclosure, the NSCN (I-M) has claimed that GPRN/NSCN ato kilonser, Kitovi Zhimomi during the September 18 meeting last year said that Khaplang was against reconciliation in a Joint Working Group meeting. The meeting dubbed as September Summit was held at the residence of Hukato Naga in Dimapur and attended by top leaders of the three Naga political groups.
When Kitovi was asked the reason behind Khaplang’s stand, the NSCN (I-M) said he confessed that they have internal problems within themselves. “But, after having much of conversation he says that we cannot go back from reconciliation. So, in the K group there exist two camps or schools of thought, one for the reconciliation and the other against to it,” it said. The NSCN (I-M), however, said it had given a vow to the Naga people never to retreat or surrender but firmly stand on ground for the Covenant of Reconciliation (COR).
The NSCN (I-M) said Khaplang’s refusal to attend highest leadership level meeting, despite having held a number of reconciliation summits - nine rounds in Chiangmai and 36 rounds in Nagaland, was to be viewed decisively by one and all.
Stating that reconciliation might not have been desired by the people if there was no prob1em in hand, the NSCN (I-M) further said it was significant that a call of the highest level meeting was to solve the differences. It, therefore, said denying the fervent call of Naga people for the top leadership meeting under any pretext was “simply a flimsy excuse.”
The NSCN (I-M) said it was “truly unfortunate” that “Khaplang group took much pleasure on making rhetoric blame-game against the GPRN with its standardized medium of self-justification” when the people desperately desired and prayed for wind of change in entire Nagalim through mutual reconciliation among the different Naga political groups.
“Khaplang, in our utter somnambulism has acquainted in using our common adversary forces to fight against us,” the NSCN (I-M) said citing the alleged attack and killing of its cadres in Changlang with combined operation of 18th, 19th and 44th Assam Rifles under the name of “Rocket Operation.”
The NSCN (I-M) alleged that Khaplang also harboured non-Naga armed groups to fight against it and harboring them in their camps giving easy ways to various crimes elsewhere in “Nagalim.”
It said one of the biggest “political blunders” on the part of the other group was to allow outside elements to gain an impetus and advantages only to serve their diabolic agenda over the Naga people. The NSCN (I-M) said it was against harboring non-Naga groups because their political agenda was clearly against the Naga people’s aspiration.
The NSCN (I-M) also said reasoning together has no meeting point if it failed to reason deep down to the truth and realities of national principle. It recalled that from April 9, 1995 at Yangkhao, Khaplang and FGN agreed to rampantly venture a joint operation against the NSCN and the same reaffirmed on July 15, 2010 at Monyukshu conclave and their press statement on February 9 and March 3, 2011. It said such developments were “simply a repetition of their same evil policy.”
The NSCN (I-M) said Khaplang group went too far with a “cosmetic facial” and that some of their people do not have root in the Naga people but dance at the tune of the adversaries’ drum. “In the heart of their hearts freedom of the Naga people is not there at all,” it added.
Tracing back to history, the NSCN (I-M) said the signing of the “most unpopular agreement the so called Shillong Accord, 1975 brought down the Naga issue to zero point.” It, however, said that the NSCN struggled with persistent support of the Naga people in order to retain the issue at the highest level talks from the zero point. It recalled that the NSCN (I-M) entered into cease-fire agreement on August 1, 1997 with the government of India to begin political negotiations at the highest level without conditions in a mutually agreed third country. It asked if bringing up the Naga political issue from zero point to the highest level talk belittled the Nagas in the eyes of the world. Rather it asked, “Or is selling out the legitimate birthright of the Nagas by signing an agreement under the law of the land (under Indian Constitution) is upholding the Naga interest?”
Maintaining that it was with the mandate of the people, the NSCN (I-M) said it had made proposals to the government of India in the process of “Indo-Naga” political talks which the Khaplang group called it charter of demands.
“There is no charter of demand. We are not demanding anything from anyone. The NSCN only made proposals to retain what belongs to the Nagas. Through this proposal and subsequent progress of the talks, the government of India has recognized the uniqueness of the Naga History,” the NSCN (I-M) said. Asserting that the NSCN never forgets those who have laid down their precious lives, the MIP said it was also conscious enough where it should and should not compromise.
Despite the mentioned facts and figures, the NSCN (I-M) said, for the love of peace and reconciliation, it signed the COR based on the unique historical rights of the Nagas and that it remained committed to the same in the interest of the people.

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