NSCN (K) ready for talks if invited in writing by GoI

NTIMES 14Nov: NSCN (K) ready for talks if invited in writing by GoI

NSCN (K) has indicated that it was ready to sit down for talks with the government of India provided it was given a written invitation.

NSCN (K) chaplee kilonser(finance minister)Hokato Vusshe disclosed this to media persons on the sidelines of a free medical camp held at the outfit’s Suruhuto designated camp here Monday.

Vusshe informed that a verbal invitation had been made to the outfit by union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, but that the NSCN (K) insisted upon a written invitation before responding.

The NSCN (K) kilonser further claimed that a written invitation from the government of India to the outfit was expected within December,2012.

Once the NSCN (K) received the invitation, Vusshe said, the outfit would then convene a participatory meeting with mass-based organizations including civil societies so that opinions of all Nagas were taken before negotiations began.

According to the NSCN (K) kilonser, any settlement would have to be two-pronged-one for Nagas in Myanmar and the other for Nagas in India.

Asked if NSCN (K) chairman S.S. Khaplang would be part of any negotiations with the government of India, Vusshe said it would all depend on the seriousness and sincerity of the government. He also said the NSCN(K) expected “full sovereignty” based on the historical rights of the Nagas. “We were independent people and will continue to remain so,” he asserted.

Describing the ongoing negotiations between the government of India with the NSCN (I-M), as “political propaganda,” Vusshe said talks which have been dragging on for over a decade also suppressed the rights of the Naga people.

He also described talks between the NSCN (I-M) and government of India as“Manipur Naga political talks” where NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th.Muivah had sought FNR’s aid to provide “alternative arrangement” for his people.

Also taking part at the media briefing, top NSCN (K) military functionary “Lt.Gen” Niki Sumi played down the role of the JLF describing the initiative of the Naga legislators as “political gimmick”. He said the JLF was trying to hoodwink the Naga people just to show that they (JLF) were concerned but that in reality, their effort was just for political gains and mileage. “India is not going to listen or attend to this time-wasting effort by the JLF,” Sumi added.

Both the NSCN (K) functionaries maintained that “Khehoi based” GPRN/NSCN had all the while advocated for peace but in reality, violated the peace overtures made by the NSCN (K). They cited instances where NSCN (K) cadres were killed even in recent times while on the other hand, the NSCN (K) had responded to the call of peace by releasing GPRN/NSCN functionaries “unconditionally.”

The two maintained that GPRN/NSCN was creating confusion in the entire Naga political issue by being unsure of where it stood. “By adhering to the political drama initiated by the FNR to form the Naga National Government, Khehoi group is unaware of the policies masterminded by Th.Muivah in connivance with FNR and is now a confused group,” they maintained.

Refuting specuations of merger with GPRN/NSCN, the NSCN (K) leaders dismissed it as “propaganda” by the former. The two however, added they wished peace exist throughout Nagaland and hoped that other groups would respond to the peace overtures by the NSCN (K). NPN


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