Clarify position on territorial extent of ceasefire, NSCN (IM) to GoI

Dimapur, July 14 (MExN):  The NSCN (IM) has sought clarification from the Indian government regarding the “the validity and extent of ceasefire agreement between the GoI and the NSCN.” They further served an ultimatum to India to make its position officially known within a week.

According to a release from the Office of the Camp Commander, Naga Army, on July 12, Brigadier Vijay Chasar, Commander of 25 Sector Assam Rifles said that “ceasefire is applicable only in Nagaland and not in Arunachal Pradesh”. His statement was in regard to the killing of 6 NSCN (IM) cadres at Nginu village, Longding District, Arunachal Pradesh on July 11.

The NSCN (IM) quoted the Bangkok Agreement of June 14, 2001 that, “The ceasefire agreement is between the GoI and the NSCN as two entities without territorial limits.”

They further claimed that NSCN (IM) “has been maintaining the essence of this historic agreement in letter and spirit wherever Naga Army operates.”

“Despite repeated and deliberate provocations, we have been restraining ourselves in the larger interest of the ongoing Indo-Naga peace process. A clear-cut answer is, therefore, demanded whether there is ceasefire in Naga inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh state or not,” the NSCN (IM) statement read. “Make your position officially known within one week time,” it added.

“In the event of ugly aftermaths evolving spontaneously out of such situation, we shall not be held responsible,” the NSCN (IM) warned.