Muivah breaks silence, puts onus on Delhi
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Dimapur, May 10 2010: Breaking his silence over the Mao-Gate stand off over his proposed visit to his native place Somdal in Ukhrul district, NSCN-IM general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah has asked New Delhi to solve the Mao-Gate impasse at the earliest or else the Nagas will be constrained to take its own course of action.

Thuigaleng Muivah also asked the Government of India not to test the patience of the Nagas and warned that the Nagas will do what they are capable of doing.

Amidst Manipur Government's opposition to its leader Thuingaleng Muivah's proposed visit to the state, Naga insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) on Monday virtually accused the Centre of using the Manipur Government against the Nagas.

"There is an impression now among the Nagas that Government of India is using the Manipur Government against the Nagas," NSCN (I-M) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah said at a press conference at Viswema village near Kohima today.

"How can such attitude bring the Nagas closer to India ?" he countered.

The NSCN-IM general secretary, who embarked on his journey to his native village Somdal in Manipur on May 5 from Dimapur, has been stranded at Viswema village in Nagaland following Manipur Government's opposition to his visit.

The NSCN-IM leader said, "There is neither any wisdom in the Government of India nor courage to solve the impasse.

The Nagas can react but we have patience".

Questioning the Government of India's sincerity to solve the Naga political problem, the insurgent leader said, "It appears that Government of India is not committed to its own commitment that it will strive to solve the Naga issue".

However, we haven't lost faith in the process and we hope that the Government of India will solve the problem.

If not, then they must know what the Nagas and the NSCN can do again," Muivah warned.

The NSCN-IM general secretary has deferred his visit to Manipur at the advice of the Prime Minister's Office.

Two students were killed while many others were injured in police firing at Mao Gate on May 6, when they staged a rally to demand that the Government of Manipur rolls back its decision to bar the entry of Muivah to Manipur.