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GoI, NSCN (K) hold informal meeting

IT News
Dimapur, Dec 19,

In a significant development, Government of India (GoI) and the NSCN (K) led by Khango Konyak Monday held an “informal meeting” at Delhi to chalk out the differences.
The meeting was held following Khango-led NSCN (K)’s December 6, 2018 declaration to revoke its decision of unilaterally abrogating the ceasefire agreement with the GoI.
Highly placed sources informed Nagaland Post that Deputy National Security Advisor (NSA) and GoI representative for Naga peace talks, R.N. Ravi and three members representing the NSCN (K) led by general secretary, Isak Sumi sat for an informal meeting at New Delhi.
Sources informed that both the sides had a “good meeting” and explored the possibilities to include NSCN (K) in the ongoing peace process. Sources also disclosed that the two parties were likely to meet for the second round of informal meeting during the first half of January 2019.
It may be recalled that the undivided NSCN (K) had unilaterally abrogated the ceasefire in March 2015, leading to multiple violent incidents, including attacks on security forces.
Acknowledging the efforts and appeal by NGOs and civil society organizations to restore the ceasefire agreement with Government of India (GoI), NSCN (K) led by Khango Konyak decided to revoke its decision of unilaterally abrogating the ceasefire agreement.
In a joint statement, NSCN (K) chairman and president, Khango Konyak and general secretary Isak Sumi had informed that the group, after holding wide consultations with civil society groups during the past one month and keeping in view the positive response by GoI, resolved to revoke the unilateral decision of abrogating the ceasefire.
It may also be mentioned that the Khango-led NSCN (K) had placed a four-point demand to the GoI for consideration— lift ban imposed on NSCN and removal of terrorist tag; rescind the bounties placed on NSCN leaders; repeal AFSPA/DDA on the enforced Naga areas and unconditional release of NSCN cadres arrested after the abrogation of ceasefire and undergoing trials or serving sentences in different prisons across the state/country.
The Centre in response to the demand had stated that as soon as NSCN (K) comes into peace process dialogue with the Centre, ban on NSCN (K), terrorist tag and bounties on its leaders will be automatically removed/close.
However, Centre said it was committed to solve the Naga issue with one comprehensive solution and therefore cannot have many agreements. Centre also categorically stated that it was not in a state to take up third party with fresh negotiation at this juncture. Further, GoI stated that there should not be any insecurity on the part of NSCN (K).

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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