Representatives of the government of India and the GPRN/NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) , agreed to extend the cease fire for another year with effect from April 25,2014 after a meeting at Police Complex Chumukedima Friday. It was the second such meeting in Dimapur. The first was when representatives of the government of India and the NSCN (I-M) extended the cease fire on July 31,2007.
Joint Secretary, ministry of home affairs (NE) Shambhu Singh, signed on behalf of the government of India while C.Singson, Supervisor of Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) signed on behalf of the GPRN/NSCN.
Coming out after the closed-door meeting , Shambhu told media persons that the government of India decided to extend the truce for another year as it did not wish to fritter away years of goodwill.
GPRN/NSCN supervisor C. Singson, who was also present, described the meeting as “satisfactory” and also disclosed, that the representatives of the government of India reiterated that they were satisfied with the present cease fire.
Asked whether the Centre was ready to hold negotiations with both GPRN/NSCN and NSCN (K) with whom it has been in cease fire for years, Shambhu Singh said the Centre was currently not in a position to initiate talks with other groups, till dialogue with NSCN (I-M) was settled.
Shambhu pointed to “certain conditions” in the cease fire agreement with NSCN (I-M) that “unless we have spoken to them, hand over papers to them. We will not be in a position to ask anybody else to come.” Asked , if it meant that the other groups would have to wait till settlement was arrived at with NSCN (I-M), Shambu replied: “most likely, yes”.
He said people were aware of the condition agreed upon, that talks would be with the NSCN(I-M). He said unless that happened, “we cannot start a formal talks with any other group.”
When told that the GPRN/NSCN was willing to start dialogue, Shambu acknowledged it and added “please wait”.
On NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th.Muivah blaming the government of India for delaying solution, Shambhu said the issue was between the government’s interlocutor and the NSCN (I-M). “I am no one to comment. I would rather not speak about it because I don’t talk to them. Only the interlocutor talks to them”, he said. On the outcome of the meeting, Shambhu said it was basically for extension of the cease fire and to review any “serious mistakes” so as to take corrective measures.
Ask about extension of cease fire with NSCN(K), he said it would depend on whether the group approached the Centre. Shambhu disclosed that NSCN (K) has not yet approached the government of India.
On GoI-NSCN (I-M) talks
Reacting to Shambhu Singh’s statement, GPRN/NSCN supervisor C. Singson termed the dialogue between the government of India with NSCN (I-M) as a “mistake” and said the Centre should admit it.
Meanwhile, talking to Nagaland Post on the sidelines he said it was a mistake on the part of the government of India to start talk only with one group by thinking that it would solve the Naga issue. Even after 15 to 16 years of talking, no solution has materialised, he said.
Singson explained that the talks with NSCN (I-M) has become a “stumbling block for all other groups” as any settlement would not be acceptable to them.
Singson said there was no transparency in the talks and despite the past 15 to 16 years, both have failed to find any solution. He said since nobody knows what was being discussed except the two sides, it has become “ a stumbling block for Nagas to come forward”.
Earlier, when asked if GPRN/NSCN was prepared to wait for years till a solution was arrived at between the Centre and NSCN (I-M), Singon said Naga issue will not drag on as leaders currently were “more serious about it.”
He also said Nagas, especially, Naga Political Groups (NPGs) were all responsible for the situation and need to work out something.
Singson said cease fire was within Nagaland and so it was the responsibility of the government of India to tackle and solve the Naga problem.
Representatives of the government of India who also attended Friday’s meeting included -CFMG chairman Lt Gen (Retd) N K Singh, Lt Col Sumit Sheran, Col G Chauhan, Mahesh Dixit, Brig. P Tshesing and S Saha.Representatives of GPRN/NSCN included- Jack Jimomi, Bohoto Kiba, Thungkomo, carlos K Zhimomi and W Chenyem Konyak. NPN