GUWAHATI: A faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang, the only militant outfit not part of the Naga peace process, has sent feelers that it may soon join the peace talks.

Bringing the faction on board the dialogue would be a major step ahead in bringing about a resolution to the decades-long Naga peace process. "The Khaplang group is the only one outside the peace process. The government of India has made it clear that it wants to ensure permanent peace by having an all-inclusive peace process so that no remnant is left out," a top representative of a key civil body said. Various civil bodies of Nagaland have been facilitating contact between underground groups and the government.

Isak Sumi, a senior leader of the recently-split Khango faction, issued a statement on Friday saying that the group was "seriously considering" the people's "appeal for peace and political dialogue with the government of India".
Naga peace negotiators see this as a positive sign. "They (Khango faction) are holding consultations at the community level. We have received some positive feelers and it is only a matter of time for them to announce their intentions formally," the civil body representative said.

The negotiators, however, now want the solution to be placed before Parliament. "The talks are over. What is possible and what is not - it has all been discussed. Now, the government has to place the solution before the Parliament," the representative added.
Last month, the Myanmar-based NSCN (Khaplang) split into two factions - an Indian faction led by Indian-origin Khango Konyak and a Myanmarese faction led by a Heimi Naga, Yung Aung (SS Khaplang's nephew). The split gave India hope of a breakthrough, mediated through Indian-origin Khango.