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NSCN (IM) derecognizes apex Zeliangrong organisations

Hebron, July 30 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) Joint Council of the Steering Committee, Kilonsers, and Heads of the Departments has derecognized the three apex Zeliangrong organizations – Zeliangrong Baudi (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland), Zeliangrong Youth Front (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland), and All Zeliangrong Students’ Union (Assam, Manipur & Nagaland) – with immediate effect.

They will “not represent the voice of the Zeliangrong people any longer,” read a press statement from the Ministry of Information & Publicity, NSCN (IM), released today.

It stated the reasons for derecognizing the three bodies to be: challenging the Yaruiwo’s Order of 2011; demanding separate homeland of the Zeliangrong people in collaboration with the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF); and challenging the Tatar Hoho decision of March 23, 2018, which approved the recognition of three Naga tribes as separate tribes, namely Zeme, Liangmai, and Rongmei.

The NSCN (IM) further refuted the allegations of threat on the life of the leaders of the three organizations and attempt to break up the unity of the Zeliangrong community leveled by the ZB (AMN) at the Ministry of Home Affair’s office, Government of India, and to the media as “totally baseless, unwarranted & devoid of any truth.”

It recounted that the leaders of the ZB (AMN), ZYF (AMN), and AZSU (AMN) were informed and invited twice for a co-ordination meeting with the Kilo Kilonser on May 11 at the CHQ Hebron and on May 18 at the CFMC office, 4th Mile, Dimapur to discuss the matter pertaining to the recognition of the three Naga tribes, Zeme, Liangmai, and Rongmei.

“Instead of responding, the leaders of the three organizations went to New Delhi to meet the most Ato Kilonser without the knowledge of the home authorities and submitted a memorandum on May 16 regarding the inclusion of Zeliangrong areas in the united Naga fold, as the ZB (AMN) was alarmed by false rumor that the Zeliangrong areas of Assam are to be left out as and when solution comes,” the NSCN (IM) statement read.

Stating that the principle of the Framework Agreement encompasses the entire Naga-inhabited areas, it maintained that the ZB (AMN) has “made a mountain out of a molehill.”

NSCN (IM) further informed that the Zeliangrong community was trifurcated into three distinct Naga tribes on the request of the three apex bodies of the Zeme, Liangmai, and Rongmei tribes for nearly ten years. The GPRN granted “due recognition” on March 23 and accorded the three with the full status of Naga tribes.

“The recognition of the three tribes does not mean that the existing Zeliangrong organizations should break up or that the nomenclature ‘Zeliangrong’ is banned,” it explained.

Meanwhile, the statement mentioned that the then warring Zeliangrong United front (ZUF) factions in May 2018 held a meeting in the presence of ZB (AMN) and AZSU (AMN) for reconciliation of the two groups that led to the signing of a cease fire between the two ZUF factions and to oppose the Framework Agreement “in their own wisdom.”

“The ZUF & the ZB (AMN), ZYF (AMN) & AZSU (AMN) who work in collusion with one another are very apprehensive and, therefore, hell bent on maligning the image of the NSCN & sabotage the Indo-Naga peace process,” it was alleged.

“The Nagas are left to wonder how the ZB (AMN) could be so concerned about the welfare of Zeliangrong people in the event of Indo-Naga solution by submitting a memorandum to the most Ato Kilonser on May 16 & at the same time propagate a unified Zeliangrong homeland with the ZUF.”

NSCN (IM) also noted that ZUF made a declaration on May 3 demanding a separate homeland for Zeliangrong people and the ZB (AMN) on June 29 resolved to demand a Zeliangrong homeland again, as released to the media. “The ZUF & ZB (AMN) are the two sides of the same coin.”


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