July 8, 2014
Issued by MIP, GPRN/NSCN
Finding itself aghast at the contradictions between the actions and subsequent public statements of the NSCN (IM), the GPRN/NSCN, in the interest of all Nagas, issue this press statement with the view to remind the NCSN (IM) that it is not the sole arbiter of rights and wrongs and also to refresh the minds of fellow Nagas so they realize which group/groups are taking them for a ride…
As a follow-up to the Resolutions of the SEPTEMBER SUMMIT on September 18 signed jointly by Th. Muivah, Ato Kilonser, NSCN/GPRN, Brig. (Retd) S. Singnya, Kedaghe, FGN/NNC, and N. Kitovi Zhimomi, Ato Kilonser, GPRN/NSCN, the Joint Working Group met on October 9 in the spirit of cooperation and respect for each other facilitated by the FNR and brought out a JOINT WORKING GROUP STATEMENT on October 11, 2010 jointly signed by Gen. (Rtd.) V.S. Atem, Convener, JWG NSCN/GPRN, C. Singsong, Convener, JWG GPRN/NSCN, and Zhopra Vero, Convener, JWG FGN/NNC with the following commitments:
1. That, a complete Status Quo by all groups be maintained;
2. That, the activities and movements of the respective Governments including cadres etc., should remain confined to their own and respective jurisdictions and territories;
3. That, in all cases of necessary movements which requires passages from each other’s territories, prior information should be given to each other for mutual understanding and maintaining peaceful atmosphere;
4. That, it is further suggested that in some areas/territories which have become sensitive owing to individual or personal differences among Commanders or cadres, their respective Governments are requested to make necessary corrections or placement on such cases to other units or battalions to avoid any reoccurrence of tensions;
5. Acknowledging that kidnappings and extortions have become an unbearable concern of all, irrespective of business communities or the general public, the JWG have agreed to vigilantly check through forthwith.
Again, the signatories of the Naga Concordant met on November 29, 2011 at Dimapur and brought out the following AGREEMENT OF JOINT WORKING GROUP jointly signed by Gen. (Rtd.) V.S. Atem, Convener, Steering Committee, NSCN/GPRN, Zhopra Vero, Kedullo, NNC/FGN, and Azheto Chophy, Convener, NPAC, GPRN/NSCN:
1. (That the signatories will) jointly fight against rampant collection of tax, kidnapping, abduction, threats, intimidation, rape and other social evils.
2. (That the signatories will) take stringent measures against its own cadres that are involved in criminal acts which are detrimental to the orderly pursuit of the Naga national cause.
3. In the eventuality of any crises, the responsible leaders of each delegation shall telephone their respective counterparts (including FNR) within one hour of the crises for verification and resolution of the problem/s.
4. Any member of a signatory party arrested or detained by another signatory party shall be treated with due dignity and respect, and in accordance with international standards of human rights. No detainee should be physically abused or tortured.
Further, fellow Nagas may refer to the various efforts at Naga Reconciliation and Unity including the RESOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS adopted during the Naga Reconciliation Meeting called by the Forum for Naga Reconciliation on February 29, 2012 at Agri-Expo Site, Dimapur, Nagaland, AN OPEN STATEMENT TO THE NAGA PEOPLE brought out on April 30, 2013 jointly signed by Gen. (Retd.) V.S. Atem, Member, High Level Commission, NSCN/GPRN, Zhopra Vero, Member, High Level Commission, NNC/FGN, and Azheto Chophy, Member, High Level Commission, GPRN/NSCN, and the LENTEN AGREEMENT of March 28, 2014 jointly signed by Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman, NSCN/GPRN, Gen. (Retd.) Khole Konyak, Chairman, GPRN/NSCN, Brig. (Retd.) S. Singnya, President, NNC/FGN, Th. Muivah, General Secretary, NSCN/GPRN, N. Kitovi Zhimomi, General Secretary, GPRN/NSCN, Zhopra Vero, Vice President, NNC/FGN.
Now, whereas, the GPRN/NSCN has been honouring all these agreements and efforts at Reconciliation and Unity by various Naga Groups by not arresting, abducting or killing any members of other signatory parties, the NSCN (IM) has been continuously violating the spirit of these agreements and efforts by indiscriminately arresting, abducting, torturing and killing our cadres. Some of our cadres were even held and released only after payment of huge ransom money.
A selection of NSCN (IM)’s infamous activities even after the signing of various agreements presented below should help fellow Nagas to judge for themselves the veracity of our statement:
1. Leacy Temsumayang of Chungtia village – killed on November 18, 2011.
2. Col. Pfokriihrii James Krichena Mao of Rabunamei Village of SPMTH region, Senapati District Manipur – abducted and killed, under the commandership of Major Newmai Zeliangrong (SPMTH Town Command) on August 6, 2013 while attending a Naga Public Organization (NPO) meeting.
3. Sergeant Nzanchumo Lotha of Bhandari village – abducted from Baghty town, Wokha District on August 19, 2013 by Capt. Benri Lotha (even without the knowledge of NSCN (IM) Kyong Region Command) and mercilessly murdered. His dead body did not even hand over to his relatives for performance of last Christian rites.
4. Pvt. Tianungsang of Akoya village – killed on December 8, 2013.
5. Maj. Athong Yimchunger of Pungro village, Kiphiri District – killed on July 1, 2014 at Jessami village by Maj. Phongam Tangkhul of Kachai village.
We also want to remind the NSCN (IM) that it was in honoring the spirit of Naga Reconciliation and Unity that the GPRN/NSCN did not initiate any action against Pvt. Thungchamo Lotha s/o Abemo Lotha of Alikhum Village, Pvt. Zubenthung Lotha s/o Tsatemo Lotha of Chukitong village, Pvt. Wanglem Konyak s/o Nahlei of Tizit village and Pvt. Anyam Konyak s/o Mankum of Tizit village even when they murdered Sergeant Major Ayeto of UT-1 Region and Sergeant Itsato of Sumi Region and defected to the NSCN (IM) along with 3 AK series rifles, 1 SLR, 1 M21, 1 Action Rifle (MK-1V) and 4 Thailand grenades on March 20, 2013 from Okotso area of Wokha District. If the NSCN (IM) really mean what it says in their recent press statement issued to the local dailies (“No self respecting Government having a Constitution of her own will tolerate such high level of betrayal to one’s government as well as to the comrades in arms”), they should execute the four traitors/betrayers or hand them over to the GPRN/NSCN so that we can fulfill the desire of the NSCN (IM). Also, it is worth mentioning that the incident involving Late Maj. Athong’s killing of Lieut. Thouthutho took place in 1998 not in 2008 as stated – such misrepresentation of facts are always played out by the NSCN (IM) to suit their purposes.
The NSCN (IM) should realize that time may come when such provocations may make confrontations inevitable which will be quite unfortunate for the Naga polity as a whole. The NSCN (IM) risks the real danger of all their hard-earned work and sacrifices for fellow Nagas being totally wiped out due to the silly and stupid antics of some Tangkhuls leaders who are interested only in serving their vested personal interest in the name of the Naga national cause. The top hierarchy of the NSCN (IM) harps on peace and reconciliation under the banner of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation but on the ground it brazenly indulges in abductions, tortures and killing of our cadres as well as innocent fellow Nagas.
The Forum for Naga Reconciliation need to clarify and clearly spell out whether it supports the abductions, tortures and killings of GPRN/NSCN cadres by the NSCN (IM) and whether such criminal activities are consistent with the concept of reconciliation and cessation of all forms of hostilities in their effort for Naga reconciliation and unity.
The GPRN/NSCN feels that it is high time fellow Nagas see through the falsehood being preached by some so-called national workers who work only for themselves and their own vested interests.