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.
“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.
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.
New Delhi: A week after the home ministry gave security clearance to a 16-member Naga delegation to travel to Myanmar to hold talks with NSCN-K chief S.S. Khaplang, the delegation is yet to receive the green light from the Myanmar government.
The delegation is expected to talk to NSCN-K about resuming the 2001 ceasefire which was abrogated in March this year. The delegation is also likely to convince the group to join the peace process.
According to the delegation, that consists of members from apex Naga civil society Naga Hoho and Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO), the request was made to the Myanmar government immediately after the Naga Peace Accord was signed on Aug 3 between the Indian government and the NSCN (IM). A further reminder was sent last week.
“We have not received the security clearance or even any kind of reply from the Myanmar Government inspite of making the request weeks ago. Due to the absence of the order, we are unable to decide on the dates to travel to Myanmar or where we are likely to hold talks with the senior officials of NSCN(K) including it’s chief S.S. Khaplang,” Naga Hoho president P. Chuba Ozukum told IANS.
In recent times, Khaplang has signed a pact with the Myanmar government, paving the way for grant of autonomy to the NSCN-K in Sagaing — a northwestern administrative region of Myanmar.
The agreement allows NSCN-K members to move unarmed across the country and to open a sub-office in the region.
Speaking on the issue, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told IANS: “Home Ministry has got nothing with finalising the dates, as it is not an official delegation. Apart from the security clearance, we are not giving any direction to them on their travel.”
Nagaland chief minister T R Zeliang and home minister Yanthungo Patton had met union home minister Rajnath Singh earlier this month. “They told him that they are going to send a team to Myanmar to talk with the NSCN(K) chief. They have also said that they will put efforts from their side. So, if that is so, then what’s the problem, let them go ahead with it. However Myanmar Government’s clearance is must,” he said.
Central government’s interlocutor for the Naga peace talks R.N. Ravi is also in Nagaland to take ahead the final accord and is likely to meet leaders of other factions of the NSCN.
National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) has several factions including NSCN-(Isak-Muivah), NSCN-(Khaplang), NSCN-(Unification), NSCN-(Reformation) and NSCN-(Khole-Kitovi). Apart from that there also exists the oldest of all groups — the Naga National Council (NNC).
A source in ENPO, which is part of the delegation, told IANS that though the place set for the negotiation is in a remote area of Myanmar, the delegation cannot depart without the Myanmar government’s permission.
On being asked about the content of the negotiations, he said: “First of all we have to make the NSCN(K) understand the Naga Accord signed between the government and the NSCN (IM). We will try to convince them to resume the ceasefire that they had abrogated early this year. We want peace in Nagaland.”
The abrogation of the 14-year-old ceasefire in March this year was followed by several attacks on the Indian Army – the first being on the Assam Rifles in Nagaland’s Mon district, killing eight troopers and then on June 4, during which 20 troopers of the Dogra Regiment were killed in an ambush in Manipur’s Chandel district.
Earlier, the Myanmar government had informally indicated that permission to travel for the delegation would be available after August 15 — India’s Independence Day.
New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday pointed out the “arrogance” of the central government in not consulting the chief ministers of the north-eastern states before signing the Naga Accord with the NSCN-IM.
“We are really shocked that Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t even think of taking into confidence the chief ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh which are the directly affected states,” Gandhi told reporters outside parliament.
“It is the arrogance on the part of this government. How can an accord be signed without consulting the CMs that are directly affected even if the accord is being termed as historic,” she said.
Party vice-president Rahul Gandhi termed the move as an insult to the people of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh as they were not even informed about it.
The central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (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.