NSCN (K) is for peace, willing to stop clashes: CFSB Supervisor
Kohima, July 5 (MExN): “The NSCN-K is willing to stop all forms of factional violence provided the Khole-Kitovi faction also agrees to totally stop it”, said Cease Fire Supervisory Board supervisor, Lincoln while interacting with media-persons after the closed-door meeting of the Cease Fire Supervisory Board at Hotel Millennium in Kohima on Tuesday.
Reacting to the statement of Centre’s representative and CFSB chairman Maj. Gen. (retd.) N. George that ‘factional clashes between the groups have reached a stage not conducive for public safety’, Lincoln said ‘we are for peace’ and if he (George) is in a position to convene a joint sitting with other groups, NSCN (K) is willing to have round table talk in order to stop all forms of factional clashes.
He also revealed that he himself had given a written assurance to the CFSB chairman to stop factional clashes, but regretted that the CFSB chairman was unable to get any such assurance from the other group. On the other hand, the NSCN (K) supervisor also revealed that the NSCN-K leadership is willing sit across the table with Government of India (GoI) to find a solution to the vexed Indo-Naga problem only if the latter gives them a formal invitation. “Our leadership is preparing mind to enter into formal talks with GoI, provided a formal invitation has to be given by GoI,” he said.
Lincoln said that during the CFSB meeting, the NSCN (K) has put forth its demand for establishing a sub-office at Dimapur while also rebutting the allegations of Maj. Gen. George that it would be utilized as mere centre for extorting money from the public. He said ‘we are also against extortion and we even penalize those involved in such nefarious activities’. But, he said that levying of taxes has nothing to do with Cease Fire Ground Rules. He also clarified that the sub-office at Dimapur was required in order to have better coordination with all agencies at those are located within Kohima and Dimapur as well as implementation of CFGR.
On the other hand, also present during the interaction, NSCN (K) military representative, Isak Sumi questioned as to why the already sanctioned designated camp at Kuthur under Tuensang district had been withdrawn on the recommendations of CFSB chairman. He said that the allegations of N. George that the establishment of camp at Kuthur would increase violence was false, because other groups have already been granted with several designated camps.
On the charges that they have been sheltering and aiding militant groups from other North East States, Lincoln did not deny it but said that the outfits are managing themselves and that NSCN-K does not support or oppose their presence. The NSCN (K) representatives also said that the main focus of the GoI should be to resolve the long pending issue. Lincoln said when the NSCN (K) leadership is preparing the mind to enter into formal talks with GoI, they (Centre) should take it as positive step instead of trying to implicate NSCN (K) and curtail their activities with false allegations.
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