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The NDA government signed this August a historic accord with a leading Naga group, promising an end to India’s longest running insurgency that caps almost two decades of peace talks. The signing of the pact is the culmination of over 80 rounds of negotiations, with the first breakthrough in 1997 when leaders of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), then the most lethal insurgent group, agreed to a ceasefire. The new ‘framework agreement’ is believed to have worked out a mechanism to guarantee Naga pride, their unique history and their ethos. It is, however, not clear how the agreement addresses NSCN (I-M)’s demand for the integration of all Naga-inhabited areas in the northeast across Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam -- the biggest stumbling block in the protracted negotiations.