KOHIMA, October 13 : Chairman of the Cease Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) ‘maj gen (Retd)’ Eppen Jacob Kochekkan has denied charges made by the NSCN/GPRN (Khaplang) that he had “direct inclination” towards GPRN/NSCN (Khole-Kitovi). The NSCN (Khaplang) in a statement on Sunday alleged that the CFSB Chairman, after the June 7 split of NSCN (K), changed his color towards GPRN/NSCN (Khole-Kitovi). The NSCN (K) even went to the extent of appealing to the Government of India to appoint a “neutral man who can act judiciously, impartially and transparently” in the larger interest of both entities.
In an interview with NEPS here today, Maj Gen Kochekkan, while denying the charges made by the NSCN (K), made it clear that his frequent meetings with leaders of both the factions were necessitated following the split in the NSCN (K) on June 7. “Such meetings were essential because I strongly believe that when two brothers are fighting, it is bitter fight, since they know each other well,” Maj Gen Kochkkan said. “Moreover, the most important thing for me is, under no circumstances, violence should be permitted to start.”
Maj Gen Kochekkan also said he went to meet Kitovi, Ato Kilonser of the undivided NSCN (K), on June 6 at Khehoi prior to the split in NSCN (K) took place. “ Maj Gen Kochekkan also said a couple of weeks after the split in the NSCN (K), Kitovi asked him to meet him (Kitovi) at Khehoi. “So I said it will not be correct on my part to meet you at Khehoi. Because the other side will see it differently,” he further clarified.