DIMAPUR, NOV 15: The Khango Konyak-led NSCN (Khaplang) has accepted the conditions set forth by the Centre for resuming the peace talks, the Nagaland Gaon Burha Federation (NGBF) said in a statement on Thursday.
The federation said it handed over acceptance letter of the group to the Centre in New Delhi for further discussion.
The Khango-led group officially endorsed the NGBF to act as a mediator with the government of India for resuming the ceasefire during a meeting at Yankhao village in Mon district on October 25 at the earliest, the statement said. At the meeting NGBF said Khango acknowledged the appeal of the Nagas and decided to resume the ceasefire with the Centre.
The NGBF met the Centre’s interlocutor for Naga talks RN Ravi in New Delhi on November 1. Following the mediation by the federation, both the Centre and the Khango-led group reportedly agreed to clear the decks and begin the process of negotiation.
The NGBF appealed to the Centre to promptly respond to the peace offer and resume talks as soon as possible. It also urged all the Naga political groups to unite and join the peace process for an early solution of the Naga issue.
The NGBF said the Khango-led NSCN (K) placed a four-point demand to the Centre for consideration, which includes lifting of ban imposed on NSCN and removal of terrorist tag, rescinding the bounties placed on NSCN leaders, repealing of the Armed Forces Special Power Act/Disturbed Areas Act enforced on Naga areas and unconditional release of NSCN cadres, arrested after the abrogation of the ceasefire, who are undergoing trials or serving sentences in different prisons across the state or the country.
The Centre, in response to the Khanglo group’s demand, issued a statement. The statement said the Centre never abrogated the ceasefire with NSCN (K) but it was the latter who walked away from the ceasefire in March 2015. But, the government of India still stands and welcomes NSCN (K) for peace talks, it added.
The Centre also said it has no objection to NSCN (K) maintaining its entity while welcoming it for peace talks anytime. It also declared that ban on NSCN (K), terrorist tag and bounties on its leaders will be automatically removed/closed as soon as the NSCN (K) joins the peace process.
However, the Centre said it was committed to solving the Naga issue with one comprehensive solution and therefore cannot have many agreements.
Conveying that it was not in a state to take up any third party with fresh negotiation at this juncture, the Centre, however, asserted that the NSCN (K) should not have any insecurity on its part.