PM Urged to Intervene in Naga Peace Talks

PM Urged to Intervene in Naga Peace Talks
Naga civil society organisations have questioned the Centre's sincerity towards resolving the vexed Naga political conflict and urged the prime minister to expedite the current peace talks to find a permanent peaceful settlement to the protracted problem.

In a memorandum to PM Manmohan Singh, apex tribal council Naga Hoho, Naga Mothers' Association (NMA) and Naga Students' Federation (NSF) yesterday said that the Centre has a "lackadaisical attitude towards the Naga political problem".

They urged him to carry forward the ongoing peace dialogues to bring out a logical conclusion at the earliest and unconditionally release all Naga political prisoners and detainees arrested during the ceasefire period.

NSCN(I-M) entered into a ceasefire with the Centre in 1997 and NSCN(K) also followed the same in 2001, and so far over 60 rounds of talks were held between the NSCN(I-M) leaders of the Centre's representatives.

"Enough representations and memorandum have been submitted to the Government of India by various Naga people's organisations, civil societies and political parties from all Naga areas – supplemented by occasional meetings with different prime ministers to expedite the Naga peace talks for a peaceful settlement to the vexed political problem," the organisations pointed out.

A vital setback which may weigh down the peace process is the detention and arrest of Naga national workers by different government agencies under various acts and laws, they said.

Meanwhile, the NSCN led by S S Khaplang has warned Naga civil society organizations not to 'meddle' in the 'political affairs' of the Nagas and to concentrate on social issues.

NSCN(K) leaders told newsmen at their Khehoi designated camp near Dimapur that if 'anti-Naga activities' of civil society groups continued it would jeopardize the on-going Naga re-conciliation process involving various Naga political groups.

'Special envoy' to the collective leadership of the outfit, Kughalu Mulatonu alleged that Naga organizations such as Naga Hoho, Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) being social bodies have no right to interfere in political maters of underground groups.

"We will invite them for consultation only when the appropriate time comes, but they are a divided houses and do not represent all the Naga tribes," he said.

It may be mentioned that NSCN(K) sees some NGOs as supporters of only NSCN(I-M).
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