DIMAPUR, May 20 - Naga Mothers� Association (NMA) and an armed Naga group, NNC (Parent Body), have expressed concern at the armed offensive by the Myanmar army (Tatmadaw) against the NSCN (K), which began on May 16.
The organisations issued separate statements on Monday, calling for restraint and honouring the regional-level ceasefire initiated by the Myanmar Government with the NSCN (K) in April 2012. The NMA said it is the unarmed population whose lives and property are endangered through such violent incidents.
The poor villagers bear the brunt and trauma of such warfare and conflicts, the NMA said. They appealed to the Burmese authority, the Tatmadaw, the NSCN (K) and the Indian army on the borders to ensure that initiatives for peace are upheld for the sake of the people.
�Let there be recognition of rights and peace through dialogues for even our North East brothers and not through the barrel of guns,� it said.
The NNC (Parent Body) condemned the Myanmar army�s attack on the NSCN (K) and the Indian Army for allegedly sealing the border with Myanmar and imposing curfew.
�The innocent public are made to suffer immensely because of the fight in the area, especially the old, women and children who are made to run to different places in the jungle,� it said.
The group appealed to the Naga people to pray for protection of �our people� in the area.