Solution to Assam Rifles-NSCN (I-M) impasse soon

Dimapur 23April: There were indications that the current impasse in the aftermath of the April 19 incident near Hebron camp that led to seizure of five weapons and ammunition of the Assam Rifles by the NSCN (I-M) and consequent erection of check gates by Assam Rifles on all routes leading to designated camps of the NSCN (I-M) including Hebron, could be resolved.

In this regard, there were hectic parleys between NSCN (I-M) representatives and Cease-fire Monitoring Group chairman Maj Gen (retd) N. George wherein it was learnt the NSCN (I-M) indicated it was willing to barter weapons it seized from the Assam Rifles with weapons of its cadres which security forces seized on several occasions.

NSCN (I-M) leaders led by its convenor, steering committee V S Atem, convenor cease-fire monitoring cell (CFMC) Vikiye Awomi, senior NSCN (I-M) leader K Chawang and member Cease-fire Monitoring Cell S. Among met CFMG chairman Monday here at Chumukedima Police complex.

An hour into the meeting, CFMG chairman left the meeting venue to seek confirmation from higher authority but after waiting for more than four hours, NSCN (I-M) leaders had to leave without a concrete conclusion to the meeting.

It was learnt that the matter has now reached the office of Director General Military Operations (DGMO) and the meeting which had an abrupt ending was likely to resume Tuesday.

In the short deliberation, Atem said that both the Government of India and NSCN (I-M) were keen to end the   as it was not a “big deal”. He also assured the only problem that stood on the way was just “a matter of attitude”.
Atem refused to divulge details of the meeting, while another senior NSCN (I-M) leader.

When contacted, CFMG chairman Maj. Gen. (retd) N. George said during the meeting NSCN (I-M) and CFMG “mutually” arrived at an “arrangement” and for which he required “clearance” from Delhi for the arrangement to work out.

While not denying that the “clearance” has been passed, Cease-fire Monitoring Group chairman was hopeful a solution would be worked out by Tuesday and that both the parties would “start the process”. NPN


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