NSCN (I-M), NNC, others react to Myanmar’s military action

DIMAPUR, MAY 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/19/2019 12:13:44 PM IST

Several organizations like the NSCN (I-M), NNC (PB), NMA and FNR have expressed serious concern over recent the military offensive carried out by Myanmar army in Konyak region of Myanmar affecting the lives of Nagas living that region. 

Stating that whatever is happening in “Nagalim areas in Myanmar” is a matter of serious, NSCN (I-M) strongly condemned the military action of Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) that it alleged was being coordinated by Indian security forces from the international border. It called for a better way to handle the issue.

NSCN (I-M) said that the chaotic situation created by the “blatant offensive” of Tatmadaw has destabilized the livelihood of Naga villagers as they are being made to bear its brunt. Mentioning that what has happened to Hoyat and Laonyu villages is just another act of treachery that will not help strengthen the peace process started by Myanmar government under the 2012 ceasefire agreement, NSCN (I-M) called on all stakeholders to abide by the ceasefire agreement in the interest of creating conducive atmosphere for lasting peace.

According to the organisation, what is important for the Government of Myanmar is to take cognisance of the historical and political rights of the Nagas and go for peaceful means as neither India nor Myanmar is an enemy of the Nagas. Any differences should be solved through peaceful political process, it stressed. 

NSCN (I-M) said the Myanmar government or Tatmadaw for that matter should also understand the deep sentiment of the Nagas who had withstood all hardships to stand by their historical and political rights. Aggression of the Indian armed forces in collaboration with the Myanmar armed forces on the rights of the Nagas in that part of Naga territory in the guise of flushing out Meitei armed groups – UNLF and PLA, besides ULFA (from Assam) – is a “naked and deliberate violation” of human rights, it emphasised.

Given the hostility shown by Tatmadaw in the so-called Indo-Myanmar corridors, the organisation warned that the road to peaceful solution may get jeopardised if it failed to recognise the need for trust, respect and mutual understanding that goes together in solving a political problem that is more complex than one could see.

Placed under such a situation, NSCN (I-M) said Nagas cannot stay aloof from what fellow Nagas in the east under Myanmar occupation are going through at the hands of Tatmadaw. 

It said, “We are one Naga family and we express profound solidarity with them at this critical stage of their suffering.”  NSCN (I-M) also appealed to all Nagas without borders to raise their voice of concern to drive home the message that the entire Nagas are with them. 

NNC (PB): On the other hand, NNC (Parent Body) too condemned in the strongest term the Myanmar army attacking NSCN (K) camps during peace time in the Naga region, even as it alleged that the Indian Army had sealed the border on the other side and imposed curfew. 

Claiming that the Naga people were maintaining absolute peace for the last two three years, the organisation said creating such a situation against the people at such a time is called for, especially in targeting innocent people and burning their entire properties, killing their livestock and destroying their granaries.

It alleged that innocent public are being made to suffer immensely due to the conflict, especially the old, women and children who are all being made to run to the jungle. As this is the summer time with bad climatic condition in the area, it warned that many may die due to starvation and diseases.

NNC (Parent Body) appealed to the Naga people as a whole to pray to their living God to help protect “our people” in the area. May God intervene in the situation for peace to prevail in the Naga area, it hoped.

NMA: Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has expressed deep concern over the recent attack by Myanmarese army on NSCN (K) camps in Konyak region of Eastern Naga area and triggering violence and bloodshed. 

In a statement, NMA pointed out that it was the poor villagers in the border areas who bear the brunt and trauma of such warfare and conflicts. 

And as mothers who seek peace in all Naga-inhabited areas and “for our people as well as our Northeast neighbours”, NMA strongly appealed to the Burmese authority, the Tamadaw, NSCN (K) as well as the Indian Army on the border to ensure that initiatives for peace are upheld for the sake of the people, “the unarmed population whose lives and property are endangered through such violent incidents”. 

Calling for recognition of rights and peace through dialogues for even “our Northeast brothers” and not through the barrel of guns, the association appealed to all to “shed no more blood”.

FNR: Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) too spoke out against the military offensive and said it continues to stand for a culture of peace and respect for human rights.

In this spirit, FNR said it stands with Eastern Konyak Union’s (Myanmar) concern over the plight of innocent civilians in Naga Self-Administered Zone.

In a statement, the forum said it was deeply disturbed with the situation of armed confrontation between the Myanmar army and NSCN (K), resulting in suffering of innocent civilians and destruction of properties in Naga villages in the Naga Self-Administered Zone.

Sending out its message of solidarity and hope to the civilians whose safety, livelihood, properties and physical movements are being threatened and denied, the forum reaffirmed its commitment to the principle of promoting a people-based peace process.

It appealed that the recent armed confrontation between the Myanmar army and NSCN (K), buttressed by regional national security interests, should not sabotage the mental, economic and physical well-being of innocent Naga civilians, besides calling for avoiding torture and harassment of people and destruction of properties in civilian-inhabited areas during the armed confrontation. 

Further appealing to the Myanmar army and NSCN (K) to work to honour the regional-level ceasefire that was signed in April 2012, FNR stressed that intervention of Naga community leaders, humanitarian aid and human rights workers must be made possible based on accepted international principles.


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