NH, NSF flay Myanmar’s military action

DIMAPUR, MAY 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/20/2019 10:59:12 AM IST

Naga Hoho (NH) Monday expressed serious concern over the “indiscriminate and unprovoked military operations” that were reportedly being carried out in the Naga areas of Myanmar by Tatmadaw (Myanmar military).

NH through its communication cell said it was “alarming” to note that the ongoing operations were being conducted in coordination with Indian security forces.

The hoho asserted that while attempts were going on in both Myanmar and India for an honourable settlement for the Nagas, the governments of both Myanmar and India have “time and again exhibited actions not befitting their official policy and assurances.” NH reminded the Myanmar government that in recent memory, the Nagas in the Naga self Administered Zone have been subjected to untold suffering due to the discriminatory policies of the state. It alleged that the Myanmar Government, at the behest of the military, has imposed unwarranted and arbitrary sanctions, fund cuts and disruption of essential supplies. 

In 2016, NH said the situation snowballed to a humanitarian crisis when scores of children died due to outbreak of measles. Further, it stated that in March 2019, ten Naga leaders were arrested by the military “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.” Since then, NH said the ten Naga leaders were languishing in jail. 

NH said it “unconditionally” condemned such arbitrary and treacherous act of the Myanmar government in its action towards the Nagas. 

NH has urged upon the joint military forces of both India and Myanmar for immediate cessation of the ongoing military action against the Nagas. “At the same time, we are compelled to remind both the governments that history has demonstrated that Nagas are courageous and bold enough to stand firm even in the face of overwhelming adversity,” NH maintained. 

The hoho stated that it has been time and again proved that Naga issue could not be tackled militarily since it was a political issue. NH cautioned that “such unbridled and indiscriminate military action” has the potential to result in a widespread Naga uprising, a conflagration, which it said “should and must be avoided.”

NH affirmed that Nagas irrespective of border or factions would not be mute spectators when their rights were being “so mindlessly trampled upon” and would collectively do everything in their power to protect their land and the lives of their own blood.

Meanwhile, the Hoho has urged the United Nations and the Myanmar’s democratic front “to join in our endeavour to condemn this inhumane arm conflicts and call for a saner voice so that peace could be brokered with sensible dialogue and love for humanity.”

NSF: Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has condemned the purported attack on NSCN (K) camp by the Tatmadaw in Konyak region of the Eastern Naga area.

In a press release, NSF president Kesosul Christopher Ltu and general secretary Imtiyapang Imsong stated that “military offensive” by the Tatmadaw was a total violation and mockery of the 2012 ceasefire agreement signed between the government of Myanmar and the Nagas. Such war kind of situation, NSF said only renders the innocent villagers and public at the receiving end and made to bear the brunt of the standoff. “Further, the federation question the role of the Indian armed forces where, the Tatmadaw is operation right under the eye of the Indian Armed forces in the so called international boundary between India and Myanmar.”

NSF has, therefore, appealed to the Tatmadaw and the NSCN (K) to immediately stop military confrontation and amicably solve the matter through dialogue in the interest of the people.

The federation also called upon the international community to condemn “such act of war.”

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