IM negates �dead end� media reports
Source: The Sangai Express

Dimapur, June 22 (NNN): The GPRN/NSCN (IM) downplayed media speculations that the ongoing peace talks had come to a dead-end and said officials of the contending parties were well aware of the position and difficulties involved in the process.

A press release issued by the NSCN (IM)�s MIP today in Dimapur said the media speculation was �unqualified� given that neither the Government of India nor the NSCN (IM) had ever said the talks had come to a dead end or deadlocked.

The faction advised the media to strictly follow the journalistic ethics while filing a story on such a sensitive matter since distortion of facts could be both destructive and dangerous.

�Distorting facts and projecting the Khaplang group to a negotiating table will never work for the simple reason that this element is the brainchild of Indian Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

The Naga people are very much aware of this fact,� the release said.

It said the question of threatening did not arise at this crucial juncture of peace process adding the strategy of the contending parties would always be to consolidate their own position.

The release further quoted NSCN (IM) general secretary Th Muivah�s statement on slow progress of the talks made at Dimapur airport on May 10, �This world belongs to the people who are prepared for the worst and plan for the best�we cannot be too presumptuous, so far we have made our position very clear to the Government of India; now they know and cannot deny.