NSCN (IM)-GoI Ceasefire review meeting held

Morung Express News
Dimapur | December 30

newly appointed Chairman of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group Lt General (Retd.) Mandhata Singh along with Convener of the NSCN (IM) Ceasefire Monitoring Cell Brig Phunthing Shimrang today held a review meeting at Chumukedima Police Complex. The closed meeting was also attended by Nagaland Commissioner H K Khullu, IGAR (N) besides other top brass of the State police and paramilitary forces.

Lt. General (Retd.) Mandhata Singh while speaking to reporters after the meeting said that discussions were held on how best to implement the ceasefire ground rules. Describing today’s meeting as free and frank, Singh said that it was not about accusation and counter accusation but how all sides can continue to ensure that ground rules and peace and harmony can be best implemented. He also disclosed that certain suggestions of the NSCN (IM) will be looked into. Significantly, the Government of India representative also said that groups should not indulge in violence and extortion so as to make way for peace and harmony. 

Also speaking, Convenor of the Ceasefire Monitoring Cell, ‘Brig’ Phungthing Shimrang of the NSCN (IM) commented that “small things should not be an obstruction to the ongoing peace process between the Government of India and NSCN (IM)”. Describing the review meeting as positive, Shimrang also informed that it was the first such interaction with the new Chairman and also expressed his hope that both sides can meet more frequently. 

Meanwhile, when questioned over speculations that the NSCN (IM) will pull out from the ongoing reconciliation process, Shimrang said that “reconciliation should not be the hindrance to the cause” and that it has to go about “gradually” in a “mature” way and “people must reciprocate”. The review meeting was also attended by other representatives from the NSCN (IM) including Salemyang Rongmei, Among Yimchunger and Lichichem.