Advani expressed concern over Govt funds going to militants in
Imphal,September 3: Union Home Minister L K Advani have
asked north-eastern states to be vigilant against Government
funds reaching the insurgents. He also expressed concern over
instances of post-election defections, witnessed in the region,
in order to "manufacture an artificial majority".
While inaugurating the 45th meeting of the North Eastern
Council (NEC) in Delhi, Advani said, "It is a sad fact that
funds from the public coffers often go to the militants and,
therefore, the Finance Ministry holds back the funds. It has not
happened anywhere else". Though these were isolated incidents,
"the situation should be of grave concern to all of us", he told
Governors and Chief Ministers of seven states of the region.
The meeting, chaired by Assam Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K
Sinha who is the NEC Chairman, was also attended by Deputy
Chairman of Planning Commission K C Pant and Disinvestment
Minister Arun Shourie, who now heads the new Department for
Development of the Northeast.
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NEC meeting to
discuss Naga ceasefire
Imphal, September 3: Meeting of the North-Eastern Council
(NEC) was held in Delhi to discuss the economic development of
the region. Among the prime issues to be discussed at the meet
will be the problem of insurgency, especially the Naga ceasefire
and its recent fallout.
The meeting is likely to discuss various suggestions made by
the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Home Ministry on the
functioning of NEC, besides reviewing the Annual Plan for
2001-02. The northeastern states have asked the Centre to
enhance the assistance meant for special category states, saying
the actual allocation was declining in real terms.
The Centre said the seven states in the region needed to
manage the funds it had provided properly and ensure that there
was no diversion of resources to the militants in the region.
Union Minister for Disinvestment and Development of the
North-East Arun Shourie said in the end it was the Government of
India's money that was finding its way to the militants. He
reiterated the Centre's point that peace needs to be reached in
the North-East before proper development could take place.
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Deal with NSCN(I-M) alone is no solution : NSCN (K)
Imphal, September 3 : The Khaplang faction of the
National Socialist Council of Nagaland (K) has said that the
longstanding Naga political problem can never be solved if New
Delhi decides to ignore other Naga rebel groups and sign an
agreement only with the NSCN (IM).
The NSCN (K)-among the prominent insurgent groups in the
Northeast-feels that a permanent solution can come about only if
the Naga rebel groups unite to fulfill the dreams of the people
and hold negotiations with the government of India together,
under a common banner.
In an interview to TheNewspaperToday Monday from one of his
bases in Nagaland, NSCN (K) general secretary Kitovi Zhimomi
said: "The NSCN(IM) led by leaders like Thuingaleng Muivah does
not have the mandate of the Naga people.
Negotiations with a group led by some hardliners cannot bring
about a political solution. Even if a deal is clinched, it would
be regarded as a purely individual outcome and cannot be called
a Naga political settlement."
"Unless the Naga revolutionary groups unite and hold talks,
there can be no solution."
Zhimomi added: "Unless the Naga revolutionary groups unite
and hold talks with the Indian government together, there can be
no political solution. And, a piecemeal solution cannot restore
lasting peace in the Naga areas. We have seen the ceasefire
between New Delhi and the NSCN (IM) for the past four years. The
problems have continued."
The NSCN (K), too, has entered into a ceasefire with the
government of India. The truce has come into force since April
28 this year. On Monday, leaders of the NSCN (K) and the
government's Ceasefire Monitoring Group held a meeting of the
Ceasefire Supervising Board in Kohima to review the proper
implementation of the accepted ceasefire ground rules.
Asked whether his group is ready to honour the wishes of the
Naga people and unite with the rival NSCN (IM), Zhimomi said:
"Unification of the Naga underground groups is a long cherished
dream of the Naga people. In keeping with the people's desire,
we have sent feelers to the NSCN (IM) a number of times for a
general ceasefire between our two groups. But, there has always
been a negative response from Muivah. Our doors are, however,
open for a broad-based truce as well as a possible unification
by adopting the principle of forgive and forget as initiated by
the Nagaland Baptist Church Council."
Despite the Naga underground groups and the government of
India sticking to their respective stands on the issue of
sovereignty, Zhimomi is confident that an acceptable solution
can be worked out. "When any two sides agree to sit for
negotiations to try and sincerely work out a solution to a
problem, both parties must be willing to be a bit flexible in
their positions. We cannot give up our demand for sovereignty,
but there are many things that can be adjusted so that the Nagas
can live as good neighbours with India," the NSCN (K) leader
Zhimomi accused Muivah of being a "power monger" and charged
him with "eliminating" a number of frontline Naga leaders. "Why
is Muivah masterminding the elimination of prominent Naga
leaders? We don't know what his ideology is. After all, it is
easy to sit abroad and remote-control operations in Naga areas
here. If we can lead our movement by remaining among our people,
why can't Muivah?" the NSCN (K) leader said.
The NSCN (K) general secretary said the NSCN (IM) has
deliberately created the Meitei-Naga divide. "Leaders like
Muivah have engineered the Meitei-Naga rift so as to make the
Nagas in Manipur feel insecure and then push ahead with their
plan to settle for something like an union territory or an
autonomous state for the southern Nagas (Manipur)," Zhimomi
Asked whether his group would like to enter into separate
negotiations with New Delhi, the NSCN (K) leader said: "We shall
first ascertain the views of the Naga people and finalise our
exact charter of demands. Only after that, we shall consider the
issue of talks with the Indian government."
Unlike the NSCN(IM), Zhimomi said his group is ready to talk
with government leaders anywhere when the time comes. "The venue
is not important. We can talk at a small village in Nagaland or
in any of the metros like New Delhi, Mumbai or elsewhere. The
main idea is to evolve an acceptable solution to the Naga
problem," he said.
(Courtesy : The Newspaper Today)
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