K lays down rider for talks with GoI
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Dimapur, January 09: Making its stand clear for the first time, the NSCN (Khaplang) on Saturday announced that it would not enter into any political negotiation with the Government of India as long as the talks between rival NSCN (IM) and the Indian Government continue and maintained that it entered into the present ceasefire with India only due to pressure from Naga NGOs, according to Dimapur based newspapers.

Interacting with a team of senior journalists from Nagaland at its Mon town headquarters, top leaders of the NSCN (K) made a startling revelation when they stated that no agreement to have negotiations was made when the ceasefire agreement was signed and claimed that this was just a ploy to facilitate the talks with the NSCN (IM), said the dailies in today's editions.

�We had no intention to enter into a ceasefire with the Indian Government.

We were pressurized to do so against our will by Naga NGOs�, senior leader and MIP Kilonser AZ Jamir told the visiting journalists.

�The ceasefire between the NSCN (K) and the Indian Government is very different from the one with the NSCN (IM).

While the NSCN (IM)'s ceasefire with India has political obligations, we have no such obligations�, Jami asserted.

�This is the NSCN (IM)'s time as they are having negotiations with India and at this stage we prefer the wait-and-watch policy.

We are merely watching the progress of the ongoing talks between the NSCN-IM and the Indian Government and we will not enter into negotiations while the dialogue between them is on�, the senior leader said.

Some of the NSCN (K) leaders also commented that the talks between the NSCN (IM) and the Indian Government were still going on at an eye-to-eye policy rather than a heart-to-heart policy, reported the newspapers.

�If sovereignty is brought about, we will join.

However, Muivah has openly declared that he has given up the demand for sovereignty and is instead harping only on integration � so much that he let the integration issue supercede sovereignty in the talks�, Jami, who defected from the NSCN (IM) just recently, maintained.

Taking another dig at NSCN (IM) supremo, Thuingaleng Muivah, NSCN (K) firebrand leader Kughalu Mulatonu, who is also finance Kilonser, said Muivah had lied when he had declared during his last visit to Nagaland that he would never betray the Nagas and their cause and accused him of playing games through Naga NGOs without a thought for the future.

He also accused the NSCN (IM) of trying to impose its will forcibly, said the newspapers.

Terming Muivah as a dictator, Jami claimed that Muivah was trying to impose his will forcibly among the Nagas and even using NGOs to realize his ends.

Jami, who occupied top posts including Kilo (Home) Kilonser and Convenor of the NSCN (IM)'s Steering Committee before he defected to the NSCN (K), insisted that he had abandoned the NSCN (IM) camp after being disillusioned with Muivah's dictatorial policy and lack of transparency and trust.

�Apart from Muivah and chairman Isak Chishi Swu and perhaps Rh Raising and VS Atem, none of us were taken into confidence about the progress of the peace talks with the Indian Government.

In fact, I can challenge any leader in the NSCN (IM) camp now if they claim to have some knowledge about the real position of the talks�, he asserted.

Ruling out any reconciliation between the two groups, the NSCN (K) leaders pointed out that the NSCN (IM)'s stand is 'settlement then unity' whereas the NSCN (K)'s stand is 'unity then settlement'.

Also, claiming that the NSCN (K) is exercising maximum restraint, Jami stated that the NSCN (IM) is also on the offensive while the NSCN (K) is always forced to be on the defensive, added the Dimapur based dailies.

Meanwhile, Jami also appealed to the Nagas not to have any apprehensions about the leadership of chairman S.S Khaplang stating that he is an understanding man who knows what is going on.

�Contrary to what some think, Khaplang hails from Shangnyu village under Mon and he has real Konyak blood and not otherwise�, he stated.

Among the NSCN (K) leaders who participated in the interaction included Finance Kilonser Kughalu Mulatonu, convenor of the Council of Kilonsers, Tangpan Konyak, other kilonsers, deputy kilonsers, tatars and secretaries.