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Imphal: The peace accord signed between the central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) will not affect the territorial integrity of bordering states, union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said on Wednesday.

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“The people of Manipur need not to be apprehensive about the Naga accord, as the accord is just a framework agreement with no specified details and the details need not be announced until the final structure has been framed,” Rijiju told journalists at Tulihal airport here in Manipur.

In a historic move, the central government and the NSCN-IM on Monday signed the Naga Peace Accord settling an almost 20-year-old peace negotiation process that started in 1997 after the group signed the ceasefire agreement.

Stating that the peace accord will not affect the neighbouring states, Rijiju said the detailed framework of the agreement will be taken up considering the sentiments of the people of the neighboring states.

“When you strive for peace, you also should be careful about all the stakeholders and their sentiments. Therefore, when a detailed structure of the framework has to be finalized, then the sentiments of the surrounding states cannot be bypassed,” he said.

On Tuesday, Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said his government will not accept the peace accord if it alters the boundaries of Manipur.

(IANS)

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Naga rebel group NSCN(K) banned for five years

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New Delhi: Naga rebel group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) was banned for five years by the central government on Wednesday. The organisation has been banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad told media that the decision to declare NSCN(K) an unlawful organisation has been taken during a cabinet meeting.

Prasad said,” In recent times, a lot of explosions and ambushes have been carried out by the organisation. The government of India, after elaborate consideration, has decided to declare NSCN(K) an unlawful organisation for five years.”

S.S. Khaplang heads the NSCN (Khaplang) faction while Sumi, a resident of Zhunehboto in Nagaland, holds charge of the armed wing of the group.

In 1988, the NSCN split into two factions — the NSCN(K) led by Khaplang and NSCN(IM) led jointly by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muivah.

With Inputs from IANS

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