Editorial

Attempting a military solution

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/24/2019 12:10:46 PM IST

 Since mid-May the Myanmar army (or Tatmadaw) launched a military operation on the NSCN led by Aug Yung and the helpless Konyak Naga villagers in the region have been hardest hit, according to reports. The Tatmadaw has justified the operation on the ground that the NSCN had violated the cease fire agreement signed in 2012. The Tatmadaw’s operation this time is believed to be in coordination with Indian security forces targeting the north east rebels who are reported to be operating from the neighbouring country. It is reported that ten Naga leaders were arrested in March and continue to languish in Myanmarese jail and currently under trial. The ten Naga leaders were arrested by the military junta in-spite of the fact that they were on a mission to lay the groundwork for a peace process between the Nagas and the Myanmar Government. If the ten were on a goodwill mission to cement the cease fire agreement, then it can only mean that the Tatmadaw has taken a unilateral decision to abrogate the cease fire. Sources further said that the Myanmar army may have knowingly targeted the Konyak region command of the Aug Yung-led NSCN (K) based on reports of the group sheltering other North East insurgents like ULFA (I), KLO, NDFB etc. The point is whether the reason given by the Tatmadaw is a fact or simply a pretext to launch a full scale military operation, remains to be answered. Rebel groups from the north east have been operating from their safe havens located within the un-administered Naga territories in Myanmar. However after the signing of the 2012 cease fire with the Myanmar government, the Naga group(NSCN led by Aug Yung) has been keeping a low profile mainly since it wanted to follow the path of political negotiations especially after its split between the Nagaland and the Myanmar factions. In the spirit of the cease fire, the Myanmar government ought to have confronted the Nagas about it with proof. The Myanmar government should have also issued a specific ultimatum on the NSCN to ask the north east rebel groups to leave. Be that as it may, the plight of the civilian population is a serious concern. According to reports reaching here, the civilian population has been encircled and trapped and subjected to vicious firing and bombardment. It is also reported that the NSCN group has restrained from taking counter attacks for fear of inviting worse reprisals on the civilians. While the NGOs from Nagaland such as Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers Association, NSF etc and others have criticised the Myanmar government for reneging the peace treaty, especially in the light of the untold sufferings of the Naga civilians; Nagaland political parties have remained mute. It is surprising that the state political parties have chosen not to utter a word of protest against the suffering being faced by Nagas in Myanmar. The political parties bring out instant press statements on mundane issues but it is surprising that they have taken a vow of silence on the matter. Whether India or Myanmar of any other place, when brothers and sisters are in deep trouble, there should be no two opinions about the need to raise a voice in solidarity. The political parties should urge the central government to intervene in the interest of the safety and security of the civilians and to renew negotiations for a permanent solution.

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