NSCN(K) taunts NSCN (IM), says Swu and Muivah are fooling the Nagas

November 14th, 2007 - 8:18 am ICT by admin  
New Delhi, Nov 2 (ANI): At a time when the General Secretary of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isac-Muivah) faction has expressed its desperation over the progress in the talks with the Indian Government, the rival Khaplang faction has refused to restrain itself and added salt to the former’s wounds.

The NSCN(K) has termed the decade-long talks between the NSCN (IM) and the Centre as the betrayal of the Naga cause.

“The ongoing talks between IM and the Indian Government have made the IM group a stooge in the hands of the Indian Government. In some years, these people will start singing Vande Matram,”said Kughalu Mulatonu, an NSCN-K leader who supervises the group’s ceasefire supervisory board.

He described Thuingaleng Muivah and Isac Chisi Swu as “jail birds” who were not the real representatives of the Naga people.

“They don’t reach out to the people. They just try to invite the attention of the people….There is no Naga talks. Only IM and Government talk, when you talk about the Naga talks, the talks have to be based on the consensus between the Nagas. Isac and Muivah stay in Hebron Camp .They are making a laughing stalk of themselves,” observed Mulatonu.

Mulatonu challenged the IM leadership to attend a joint press conference if they were really serious about Naga issues.

However, he refused to join hands with the NSCN (IM) saying that NSCN(K) can never be with a “terrorist group”.

“We have never been together. We will never be together…Nagas will never mix nationalism with terrorism,” said the NSCN(K) leader.

Commenting on NSCN(IM) charges that the Assam Rifles is colluding with the K group to hurt the IM leadership, Mulatonu counered it by saying that the IM faction was playing into the hands of the Indian forces and killing Naga K cadres.

“They have reached an agreement with the Indian and Myanamrese Governments,” Mulatonu claimed.

The factional clashes between NSCN(K) and NSCN(IM) has been going on for almost two decades.

Yesterday, four K cadres were reported killed in an ambush in the Old Hospital Colony that lies between Khuthur village and Tuensang town under Tuensang district of Nagaland.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Khaplang (NSCN-K) was formed on April 30, 1988, consequent to an assassination attempt on the General Secretary of what emerged as the rival outfit - NSCN(IM)- Thuingaleng Muivah.

Clannish divisions among the Nagas (Konyaks and Tangkhuls) were the primary reason behind the split of the NSCN in 1988. The Konyaks formed the NSCN-K (Khaplang) under the leadership of Khole Konyak and S S Khaplang. The Tangkhul faction, the NSCN-IM (Isak-Muivah), was led by Isak Chisi Swu and T. Muivah.

S S Khaplang is the Chairman of the outfit. N Kitovi Zhimomi acts as the General Secretary and Akaho Asumi is the Publicity Secretary.

The outfit is active in the eastern parts of Nagaland, as well as in the Tirap and Changlang districts of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.

It has a cadre strength of approximately 2,000, with a following among the Konyaks of both India and Myanmar, the Pangmeis of Myanmar, the Aos of Mokokchung district, the Phoms and Yimchungers of Tuensang district, the Angamis, the Semas and the Lothas. It commands influence in parts of Nagaland, Tirap and Changlang districts of Arunachal Pradesh, as well as the Hemei and Pangmei settlements in Myanmar.

The NSCN-K runs a government-in-exile called the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland, NSCN-K. The General Head Quarters (GHQ) of the GPRN/NSCN-K is located in Eastern Nagaland (Myanmar). Kitovi Zhimomi is the self-styled “Prime minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland”.

The group is reported to have training camps and its headquarters in Myanmar

The government for the first time announced a truce with NSCN-K in 1998, which has been extended since then several times. The current ceasefire expires on April 27, 2008.

An NSCN-K team held discussions with the Centre last week and discussed issues relating to ceasefire ground rules.

Serious attempts to solve this vexed issue have been made since the mid-nineties.So far, the talks between the rebel Naga leadership and the Indian Government have made very little substantive progress for more reasons than one. In the first place, the leadership has shown no flexible attitude for a negotiated settlement. For the Government, it is of paramount importance to bring the various Naga factions together to the negotiating table. It will be a long drawn process before peace returns to Nagaland. (ANI)

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