CFMG meeting held; NSCN/GPRN stays away

Kohima | May 28 : The 61st meeting of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) was held at Hotel Japfu Kohima today minus the NSCN/GPRN who chose to stay away despite the CFMG Chairman having communicated to the group yesterday.
Briefing media persons after the closed-door meeting here today, CFMG Chairman Maj. Gen (Retd) Eppen Jacob Kochekkan said the meeting discussed a wide range of issues which required the views of the NSCN and said it has decided to write to the organisation and wait for its response. He expressed hope that all parties will attend the routine CFMG meeting in the future.
Reminding that the CFMG mechanism was set up to strengthen the political dialogue and to make the cease fire more effective, he said the priority of the CFMG is to ensure that people live in peace and tranquillity. Towards this, he solicited the cooperation of all concerned.
In reply to a query, the CFMG Chairman also disclosed that he is yet to receive a complaint from the NSCN/GPRN with regard to the reported raid on the residence of a Steering Committee member at Chedema village on May 19 by the 16 Assam Rifles wherein it was reported that ammunition, cash and documentary records.
He claimed that he came to know about the incident only through the newspapers and the Assam Rifles.
On extortions and other activities being carried out in the name of underground organisations, he said the NSCN/GPRN has assured that it did not resort to any such activities and that it would make efforts to prevent such activities. On this issue of extortions, the CFMG Chairman asserted that due to the pervading fear, people, many such activities are not being reported and opined that the people need to be bolder. A lot of extortions and taxations are being carried out, particularly on the business community, in the name of different groups, he said and expressed concern that the common people are bearing the burden of these activities.
Today’s CFMG meeting was attended by representatives of the State Government, Assam Rifles, CRPF and Nagaland Police.