Naga Hoho, the apex body of all tribal communities of Nagaland, has appealed to the government of India as well as the NSCN(K) to reopen peace channels and get back to the ceasefire agreement that the rebel group had unilaterally called off in March this year.
Describing the need to reinstate the ceasefire as a “collective urge” of the Naga people, the apex tribal body also asked New Delhi to “shed” its prejudice and demonstrate magnanimity and patience instead of going for “unabated violent confrontations” with the NSCN(K). Simultaneously, it also asked the NSCN(K) to abjure the path of violence and continue to search for peace through negotiations.
“It is more important for both sides to retrospect and earnestly work together in the spirit of mutual respect and appreciation for each other and reinstate the ceasefire agreement at the earliest,” Naga Hoho president P Chuba Ozukum said in Kohima. The Hoho also said it would extend “fullest support” and participation in its collective search for ways and means to usher in a secured future in Nagaland where dignity, honour and human rights were secured.
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While the NSCN(K) had in March this year abrogated the ceasefire it had signed with the government of India in 2001, it had also launched a series of attacks on security forces in Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh. At least 25 security personnel have lost their lines in these attacks, the worst being in Chandel district of Manipur in June.
The government of India soon declared the whole of Nagaland as disturbed area, with security forces going all out against the NSCN(K). At least 10 NSCN(K) cadres have been killed in the on-going operations.
The Naga Hoho on its part expressed its displeasure over the “unabated violent confrontations” between the security forces and NSCN(K), and said this negated the desire of the Naga people for a negotiated settlement to usher in an era of lasting and just peace.
“The futility of war is manifested in the fact that Nagas continue to live under perpetual subjugation and oppression and India’s progression toward a deserving and respectable place amongst nations is hindered though it proclaims to be the largest democracy in the world,” it said.