Putting to rest all speculations that the NSCN/GPRN (K) may sign a new cease-fire agreement with Government of India, the group’s general secretary, Isak Sumi Wednesday categorically clarified that the 2001 cease-fire has come into effect.
Talking to Nagaland Post over telephone, Isak admitted that there was some confusion that NSCN/GPRN (K) would be signing a new cease-fire. He, however, clarified that with NSCN/GPRN (K) joining the “talks”, the cease-fire with government of India has “automatically come into effect”.
Isak further said that matters like designated camps, security protocols etc. would automatically follow up soon at Cease-Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG) level.
When contacted, deputy National Security Advisor (NSA) and Centre representative for Naga Talks, R. N. Ravi said, “Yes, NSCN (K) is formally engaged with the peace process and rest of the things will automatically follow”.
It may be noted that NSCN/GPRN (K) joined the ongoing peace process as part of Working Committee (WC) of Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) after the Centre made it clear that it was not ready to start a dialogue with a third party.