Naga integration not feasible: GK Pillai

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Visiting Union Home Secretary GK Pillai has announced that coordinated operations would be launched against North East rebel groups who have opened camps in Myanmar. GK Pillai also categorical-ly stated that NSCN-IM’s demands for sovereignty and Naga integration are not feasible. Addressing a press meet at the 1st Bn MR compound this evening, GK Pillai said that his visit to Yangon and talks with Myanmarese officials was highly positive.

The Indian authority also gave the Myanmarese authority maps and locations of Indian rebel groups taking shelter in Myanmar. Home Secretary GK Pillai held a meeting with his Myanmarese counterpart Brig Gen Phon Swe at Yan-gon on February 18. There are numerous camps of North East rebel groups in Myanmar including UNLF, PLA, NSCN-IM and NSCN-K.

A coordinated operation would be launched against these UG groups. However, the Home Secretary ruled out possibility of a joint operation. Refusing to divulge exact date on which the coor- dinated operation may be launched, the Home Secretary said Myanmar army are suffering from several limitations. The Indian army would extend necessary assistan-ce, said Pillai adding that the response of the Banglade-shi Government on similar joint initiative was overwhelmingly positive.

On being asked about the next round of talk between NSCN-IM and the Government of India scheduled for next month, Pillai said that New Delhi’s proposal for the dialogue would have been already given to interlocutor RS Pandey but the points of the proposal cannot be disclosed. Categorically stating that demands for sovereignty and integration are not feasible, Pillai said other demands can be accommodated within the process of dialogue. He also hailed the Government of India’s app- roach as pragmatic. To another query whe-ther New Delhi can accede to a Bhutan-type sovereig-nty or autonomy, the Home Secretary negated any possibility of either of the two.

He affirmed that Bhutan is a foreign country. Stating that proposal for amendment of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act has been submitted to the Union Cabinet, Pillai said the amendment bill would be tabled during the ongoing Parliament session. On being asked about New Delhi’s response to the UNLF’s proposal for plebiscite under the supervision of the UN and RPF’s demand for withdrawal of troops and recognition of sovereignty question before starting political dia- logue, GK Pillai said that all forms of violence should be stopped and there should not be any pre-condition. “Dialogue can find a solution, violence cannot bring anything positive”, GK Pillai said.

Commenting on violation of ground rules by UG groups under ceasefire agreement and SoO pact, Pillai said that efforts are on to complete construction of designated camps and also to give training of various sorts so that they can earn their livelihood. Instructions have also been given not to allow encashment of cheques iss- ued for construction of integrated check post at Moreh. The State Government’s decision to appoint a security advisor is to seek se- cond opinion in security related issues. This was deci- ded during a meeting between the Union Home Minister and Chief Minister of Manipur, Pillai said.

The Centre has also suggested the State Govern- ment to reduce security personnel now guarding/escorting State VIPs and to deploy them at police stations. Pillai said his visit to Ma-nipur is for reviewing the law and order and security situation in the backdrop of the recent surrender and arrest of ULFA functionaries. The Union Home Secretary also had separate meetings with the Govenor and the Chief Minister earlier today. He would leave Imphal for Dimapur at 8.30 am tomorrow.  Sangai Express

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