Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, APRIL 4: In 2022 amid fast paced developments vis-à-vis Naga peace talks, the Union Home Ministry had extended the ‘ceasefire agreements for a further period of one year’ with effect from April 28, 2022 to April 27, 2023 with some Naga groups.
The Home Ministry had extended the pacts with NSCN-NK and NSCN-R up to April 27, 2023.
The ceasefire with NSCN-K-Khango was extended from April 18, 2022 to April 17, 2023.
Some of the stakeholders and key leaders from respective ceasefire cells are in Delhi for the purpose, sources said.
The status of Naga peace talks seems to have hit a roadblock for multiple reasons including raising the issues of Flag and a separate Naga constitution by the NSCN (IM). The Centre has more than once rejected both the demands.
The process again slowed down due to elections and now the Centre’s Interlocutor AK Mishra is expected to kick-start the talks yet again.
In September 2021, the Government had signed a ceasefire agreement with the Niki Sumi faction of the NSCN-K, which had signed a ceasefire agreement with the Government in 2001, but withdrew from it in 2015 under the leadership of SS Khaplang. A Hemi Naga from Myanmar Khaplang expired on June 9, 2017.
The ceasefire agreement between the Government of India and the NSCN (K) (Niki group) came into effect in September 2001 and was extended first for a period of 1 year and then again extended with effect from September 8, 2022 to September 7, 2023.
The NSCN-IM, which first entered ceasefire agreement with the Centre in 1997, has signed the Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015, while the NNPG, an umbrella body of 7 groups, inked the Agreed Position with the Centre in 2017.
The NSCN-Unification (or NSCN-NK) led by Neokpao Konyak and N Kitovi Zhimomi is the principal force behind NNPG, which is all for an early signing of a final peace pact with the Government of India.