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No decision to talk to GoI: NSCN (K)

DIMAPUR: Snubbing several appeals made by various sections of the society including the state government to rethink over resuming the cease-fire agreement with the Government of India (GoI), NSCN (K) on Sunday said it has not taken any decision to “enter into dialogue with Government of India”.

According to NSCN (K) sources the outfit continued to reaffirm that it “will never compromise on Naga sovereignty.”

Senior functionaries of NSCN (K) said it has also refused to be part of the Myanmar government’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to be signed with the ethnic rebels geared to end civil war in the country.

Myanmar government had invited 15 ethnic armed groups for signing of the NCA including the NSCN (K).

The sources however said the NSCN (K) refused to be part of the agreement as it would entail giving up on its demand for sovereignty.

According to NSCN (K), the group continued to adhere to the 2013 ceasefire signed with Myanmar government. It may be mentioned that after more than 60 years of armed conflict, the government of Myanmar and ethnic rebel groups signed the draft ceasefire accord on March 31, 2015.

Also according to reliable sources, a flag meeting was held on September 30 at Pangsha border village between India and Myanmar.

Sources said during the meeting India had asked Myanmar to cooperate with them in a joint operation against NSCN (K). The sources said the Myanmar government had refused the offer to be part of any such joint operation.

It was also learnt that Myanmar expressed displeasure at the Indian army’s recent foray across the international border to carry out operations without obtaining its permission.
It was also learnt that a commandant of a security force unit deployed in Tuensang had reportedly said that such cross border operation was carried out without the knowledge of the unit.
The commandant was said to have assured Myanmar representatives that Indian Army would be taking “appropriate action” over the matter.

Sources said that the meeting was also attended by village leaders from the border area.
When contacted, a defence source informed that a post level meeting was held between Myanmar and Indian Army which was basically a “friendly cooperative meeting” between two “friendly countries”.

The source said there was “absolutely” no intention/plan to carry out joint operation with Myanmar Army. The source said that whatever points were to be discussed or approved between the two countries, would be done at the highest level and also it was not the prerogative of a commandant to discuss anything.

The source said during the meeting Indian Army has asked Myanmar Army to ensure restriction of movement of NSCN (K) or any other insurgent groups to carry out extortions, killings of civilians etc.

Earlier, a central committee member of NSCN (K) U Kyaw Wan Sein also said that the group would not be signing the NCA due to “political issues within its group”.

In an interview with Independent Mon News Agency (IMNA), U Kyaw said “We already discussed the topic with our chairman. The chairman said we aren’t ready to sign the NCA yet. And, there are some political issues in our group. We cannot find a solution for this by just signing the NCA. The government side also cannot solve this problem. So, we decided not to participate in the NCA inking”.

The decision was made at the NSCN (K) conference held on September 21 at its headquarters, where NSCN (K) chairman S.S Khaplang and other central committee members were present.

“…Every group stands for its objectives. It is not that we will revolt against the Burmese government because we do not sign the NCA. The government itself cannot help solve our problem. So, we will not sign the NCA,” said U Kyaw.

On September 16, at a meeting with the government at Myanmar Peace Center, the government had already told NSCN (K) that if it did not participate in NCA signing, the group would be included on unlawful group list, according to U Kyaw Wan Sein.

According to UPWC’s vice-chairman and Union minister U Aung Min announced to media groups that the NCA signing would take place in October.

NSCN (K) had also signed a preliminary state-level ceasefire agreement with the government on April 9, 2012.

On ‘forceful occupation’
In another statement issued by its MIP, NSCN (K) said that the “banning and re-imposing of redundant British Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA) in Naga country proves that Nagas are not Indians and India is a foreign power desperate to prolong her illegitimate political hegemony over the Nagas through sheer military might”. MIP went on to state that “India’s democracy is sham, her claims as world’s biggest democracy is a disgrace and only desecrates the land of the birth of Gandhi.”

It said Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of nonviolence and India’s consistent armed violence/bloodshed and the government’s sponsored terrorism in Nagaland for more than six decades spoke volumes of India’s political immaturity and diplomatic fiasco.

“India’s Neo-Nazism and Neo-Fascism being enforced upon the Nagas without impunity cannot be contested for instance India venerates cow and proscribes cow slaughter in all  the Hindu mainland but devalues human lives and condones slaughter of innocent and non-combatant Naga men, women, children and civilians indiscriminately”, MIP said.

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