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Centre Extends Ceasefire Agreements With 3 Naga Insurgent Groups

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In a recent development, the Centre has extended the ceasefire agreement with the northeast insurgent groups for one more year. On Wednesday 20 April, the Ministry of Home Affairs through a press release informed about the Centre’s decision of extending the ceasefire agreement with three Naga insurgent groups. The Home Ministry stated that the ceasefire agreement in operation with NSCN/NK (National Socialist Council of Nagaland/Neopao Konyak), NSCN/R (National Socialist Council of Nagaland /Reformation) and NSCN/K-Khango has been extended for the period of one year. The new period of agreement with NSCN/NK and NSCN/R will be effective from 28 April 2022 and will remain effective till 27 April 2023 as informed by the ministry while the agreement with NSCN/K-Khango will be effective from 18 April 2022 to 17 April 2023. As per the statement released on Wednesday, all these agreements with three insurgent groups were signed on Tuesday 19 April 2022. Earlier in September last year, the government entered into a ceasefire agreement with another Naga insurgent organization NSCN (K) led by Niki Sumi for one year period. Upon that agreement, the Ministry said that this major initiative is successful in fulfilling PM Modi’s vision of insurgency-free and prosperous northeast. Moreover, the initiative is a major boost to the process of Naga peace under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. In August 2015, the centre signed a framework agreement with a major Naga group known as NSCN-IM in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The agreement came after a span of 18 years after 90 levels of negotiations then the first breakthrough was made in the year 1997. In 1997, the ceasefire agreement was sealed after decades of insurgency activities in the northeastern state of Nagaland that began in 1947 after the independence of the country.

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