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<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=#0000cc size=5><STRONG>NSCN-K wants Indian govt. to start dialogue</STRONG></FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=#cc3300>By Our Correspondent; Mizzima News (<A href="http://www.mizzima.com/";>www.mizzima.com</A>)</FONT></P>
<P class=MsoNormal><B><I><FONT color=#ff0033>Guwahati, Nov. 4:</FONT> </I></B>Disappointed with Government of India's stand on the ceasefire agreement, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) General Secretary N Kitovi Zhimomi hinted that the situation of eastern Nagaland (western Burma) would be more volatile if the Government of India ignores the Khaplang faction in the ongoing peace process. </P>
<P class=MsoNormal>The militant group, operating from different hideouts in Burma, had reached a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India in April last to pave the way to the vexed insurgency problem in Nagaland. Zhimomi's resentment was apparent, as the government of India is yet to initiate a formal discussion with the Khaplang faction after the ceasefire pact.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Zhimomi, who is also the self-styled ¡°Prime minister of the Government of People's Republic of Nagaland¡± claimed that it is enjoying support from the majority <BR>of people of the state and so Government of India should start dialogue as early as possible. </P>
<P class=MsoNormal>His disappointment lies on the fact that, the Union government has already held several rounds of talks with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland -Issac-Muivah faction (NSCN-IM). "Since the NSCN-IM has failed to woo support from the people we should be taken into confidence by the Government of India", the self-styled Prime minister claimed. </P>
<P class=MsoNormal>Despite a unity move initiated by different organizations in the state with an eye to solve the perennial militancy problem, the two groups seem to be indifferent refusing to come together .The situation of the hilly state is getting more complicated now due to the hatred among the cadres of the two militant groups. The hatred came to the fore on October 24, when a group of armed militants of the Khaplang faction attacked the ceasefire monitoring office of the NSCN-IM located at Dimapur in Nagaland.</P>
<P class=MsoNormal>Giving the rational behind the attack, Zhimomi claimed that ¡°it was misused by the NSCN-IM cadres for extortion, kidnappings and killings¡±. </P>
<P class=MsoNormal>"The attack was a warning to the Muivah faction so that it could learn a lesson¡­We have sent feelers through Naga Baptist Church Council (NBCC) with an eye to remove our hatred¡±, he added. <BR style="mso-special-character: line-break"><BR style="mso-special-character: line-break">The NSCN was divided into two groups in 1987 following a clash. Since then they have been launching operations and counter operations. Zhimomi also admitted that people of Nagaland want a peaceful solution to the problem, as they are completely disappointed with prolonged insurgency problem. <BR style="mso-special-character: line-break"><BR style="mso-special-character: line-break">Meanwhile political observers monitoring the ceasefire agreement said that the situation of Nagaland would be more complicated if both the groups do not give up their hatred. "The result of the ceasefire agreement entirely depends on their patience that is how much they can restrain from killing each other", an observer added. &nbsp;&nbsp;The Naga Ho-Ho is learnt to have started a process of unification of both the groups for a permanent solution to the problem.</P>
<P class=MsoNormal><FONT color=#cc6633><STRONG>(If you want photo of NSCN-K General Secretary N Kitovi Zhimomi in a hideout near Indo-Burma border; </STRONG></FONT><FONT color=#cc6633><STRONG>Photo by SAMARENDRA SARMAH, please write to us)</STRONG></FONT></P>
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