Apex Naga tribal body to meet NSCN-K for ceasefire resumption

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2015 23:50 IST

Even as the government moves are afoot to declare the Myanmar-based National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang faction) a terrorist organisation, the powerful Naga Hoho is keen to meet SS Khaplang on the request of the Nagaland state legislature and ask him to restore the ceasefire agreement with the government.

The Naga Hoho (supreme tribal council) is an influential, common decision-making platform of the Nagas who inhabit Nagaland and certain parts of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar.

“The Nagaland state legislature had requested us to approach Khaplang so as to get the ceasefire agreement going. We are keen and will be taking a final decision on that soon. As of now, we do not know when or where in Myanmar we will get to meet him,” Chuba Ozukum, president of the Naga Hoho, told HT.

“As a representative body of the Nagas, we want all organisations to come on a common platform for peace and tranquillity in Nagaland,” he said.

The Union home ministry already has a detailed plan, which it has sent to the PMO, on the steps that it will undertake as soon as the Naga insurgent outfit is declared a terrorist organisation.

The planned measures include throttling the source of finances as well as coordinated action along with Myanmar to tackle the insurgents.

On March 27, the NSCN-K unilaterally withdrew from a 14-year old ceasefire with the Indian government. Since then, the outfit had mounted a series of deadly attacks on the security forces including the killing of 18 Dogra Regiment jawans in Manipur’s Chandel on June 4.

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